"Schulze demonstrates a high level of competence in tracing the growth of the nation and the state from the time of Charlemagne to the reign of Napoleon. But it is in his account of that point in the early 19th century when the nation and state fuse that his book achieves brilliance." Choice
The first general history of the evolution of European states and nations from medieval times to the present.
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. . . [A] lucid account of a central theme in European history . . . The author concludes by warning us of the dangers of the mass neurosis and destructive urges contained within the impossible and illusory concept of unity of nation, language and territory. He is uncertain, given this danger, whether Europe indeed has a future.
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Hagen Schulze was born in Tangiers, Morocco in 1943. He was until recently Professor of Modern History and Head of Department at the Institute for History at the University of the German Armed Forces in Munich. He is currently Professor of Modern German and European History at the Free University in Berlin. He has written several books on the Weimar Republic, on Prussian history and on German and European nationalism (most recent English translation: The Course of German Nationalism, From Frederick the Great to Bismarck, 1763-1867,1991) as well as numerous articles on German and European cultural and political history from the 18th to the 20th centuries.
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