A History of Modern Germany Since 1815

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A&C Black, Jan 1, 2003 - History - 730 pages
Germany continues to fascinate us into the twenty-first century because, unlike the history or national existence of other European states, its very being has been posed as a question. Why was there no unified German state until late in the nineteenth century? How did Germany become an industrial power? What responsibility does Germany bear for the two World Wars? This accessible but authoritative study attempts to answer these and other fundamental questions through looking at the economic, social, political and cultural forces which have created modern Germany. The 1848 revolutions ushered in an age of Realism which saw rapid economic development and the creation of the Bismarckian empire. However, by the early twentieth century Germany's economic expansion and position as a world power began to fracture and growing internal, economic, social and political contradictions led it, with disastrous results, into the First World War and the subsequent Weimar Republic. Hitler and the Nazi movement proposed a 'revolution' and the creation of a 'German style' and the Second World War/Holocaust is, arguably, the defining event of the twentieth century. The Americanization of the German economy and society, the 'economic miracle' and euphoria of reunification have in recent years rapidly given way to disillusionment as the major political parties have failed to master outstanding social and environmental problems. The 'German question' - Germany's place within the European Union - continues to be unanswered even within an EU where it is the dominant economic power.
 

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Contents

From Generation to Generation
1
The Romantic Age 181540
25
the Devils Bridge c 1830
26
The 1840s and the Revolutions
59
The Age of Realism 185071
90
Potsdam illustration for Kuglers History of Frederick
91
An Anxious Generation 187190
129
1878
131
Collapse
319
The Politics of Feeling and the Search for Stability
370
numbers of deputies
392
The Nazi Generation
420
The Road to War and the Holocaust
457
The Second World War
473
Divided
496
Berlin 196268
498

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139
Neoclassical Fašade and Modernist Revolt 18901914
180
Politics Governance and Diplomacy between Neoclassicism
223
The First World War
270
Das Soldatenbad 1915
300
West and East Germany after
558
Reunification and Reunited Germany
614
BIBLIOGRAPHY
668
INDEX
714
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Frank B Tipton is Associate Professor of Economic History at the University of Sydney, Australia.

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