A History of Modern Germany Since 1815

A&C Black, 1.1.2003 - 730 sivua
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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Politics Governance and Diplomacy between Neoclassicism
The Romantic Age 181540
The 1840s and the Revolutions
The Age of Realism 185071
An Anxious Generation 187190
Neoclassical Façade and Modernist Revolt 18901914
Urban culture and modern culture
and Modernism
The First World War
The Weimar Republic 191833
The Politics of Feeling and the Search for Stability
The Nazi Generation
The Road to War and the Holocaust

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Frank B Tipton is Associate Professor of Economic History at the University of Sydney, Australia.

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