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Teach Yourself World Cultures: Germany

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A fascinating and comprehensive exploration of Germany

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Overview

A fascinating and comprehensive exploration of Germany

Perfect for everyone from general readers to students to recreational or business travelers, the Teach Yourself World Cultures series explores language, history, art, politics, economics, cuisine, and much more. Each book in the series lists useful addresses, websites, and points of interest. Mixing historical information with travel tips, Teach Yourself World Cultures books are both educational and entertaining.

Teach Yourself World Cultures: Germany provides:

  • A balanced and comprehensive overview of the nation--from geography to political history to the workplace environment of today
  • Valuable information on the people and their customs
  • Practical vocabulary and language tips for the traveler
  • Recipes for common dishes of the region


Ian Roberts is a Lecturer in German at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, UK.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071444323
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 8/6/2004
  • Language: German
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256

Meet the Author

Ian Roberts is a Lecturer in German at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, UK.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Author's note xi
01 The making of Germany 1
Geography
The origins of Germany
Medieval Germany
The Holy Roman Empire of the German nation
The Thirty Years' War
The age of absolutism
Revolution!
The rise of Prussia
The industrial era
1848 and the Frankfurt Parliament
Bismarck and a united Germany
The military state
The Great War
The Weimar Republic: experiment in democracy
Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party
Two German republics
Reunification
02 The German language 26
Aspects of modern German
The German language
The origins of the German language
Modern German
03 Literature and philosophy 38
8th-10th century: the origins of German literature
12th-14th century: early medieval literature
The Reformation and beyond
18th century: Germany, land of Dichter und Denker
19th century: from French Revolution to German unification
from Expressionism to the Weimar Republic
In the shadow of the swastika
Post-war literature
East German literature
Literature of reunified Germany
Contemporary literature
04 Art and architecture 61
Pre-8th century: Roman remains
8th-10th century: early period
11th century: Romanesque
13th century: Gothic
15th century: Renaissance
17th and 18th centuries: Baroque and Rococo
18th century: Neoklassik
19th century: Romantik
Late 19th century: Biedermeier
The end of the 19th century: Sezession and Jugendstil
In the shadow of the swastika
Modern architecture
Problems of unification
Modern German artists
05 German music 83
Vorspiel: The contemporary scene
Ouverture: 20th-century composers
Erster Satz: Back to the roots
Zweiter Satz: Baroque and the organ
Dritter Satz: the symphony
Vierter Satz: the German opera
Funfter Satz: the Singspiel and the Lied
Finale
06 Traditions, festivals and folklore 101
Von der Wiege bis zur Bahre: from the cradle to the grave
Rund ums Jahr. all the year round
Some regional titbits
'Es war einmal', or 'once upon a time': some common folktales from Germany
07 Creativity and achievements in other spheres 117
Science and technology
Food and drink
Media
The internet
08 Politics in Germany 133
The Federal Republic of Germany
Das Grundgesetz: the constitution
09 The basics for living 149
Education
Health
Housing
Transport
10 The Germans at work and play 165
The Germans at work
The Germans at play
The Germans at work and play
11 The German people 179
Some German stereotypes
Demographics
Popular names
Terms of address
Women in Germany
The environment
Religious observance
Judaism in Germany
Racism
The 'typical' German
12 Into the future - Germany in the wider world 194
German identity: German? European? Weltburger?
German economic strength into the 21st century
Foreign policy today
Into the future
Appendix A Timeline 204
Appendix B Recipes 214
Index 222
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