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A Concise History of Germany


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Preface; 1. Introduction: the German lands and people; 2. Medieval Germany; 3. The age of confessionalism, 1500-1648; 4. The age of absolutism, 1648-1815; 5. The age of industrialisation, 1815-1918; 6. Democracy and dictatorship, 1918-45; 7. The two Germanies 1945-90; 8. The Federal Republic of Germany since 1990; 9. Patterns and problems of German history.

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This book provides a clear and informative guide to German history from the early middle ages to the present day.

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Mary Fulbrook is Professor of German History, University College London.


Fulbrook (University Coll., London) prefaces her concise history with the fretful expectation that ``attempts to compress over a thousand years of highly complex history into a brief volume will . . . provoke squeals of protest from . . . specialists.'' Well, perhaps from specialists, but not from the average reader. True, the medieval centuries are dispatched summarily, but a more leisured pace leads us through the modern era to early 1990. No particular ideological stance colors the presentation, and judicious references to the various interpretations of other historians balance the account. The text is adorned nicely with 41 illustrations and 13 maps, and a ``highly selective'' bibliography of some 150 recent titles in English. This is a beginner's volume, a good one. The curious will need to go on for the rich detail that can make history interesting. Recommended for public libraries.-- James B. Street, Santa Cruz P.L., Cal.

'... a thunderingly good read...the best introduction to German history for the general reader.' German History '... a book which is well worth reading by the history student as well as anyone with a general interest in history.' Jonkopirgs-Poslen '... an excellent introduction and summary.' Sodermanlands Nyheter 'This remains one of the best short surveys in this impressive series.' Contemporary Review

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