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0521368367
Author:
Mary Fulbrook
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Humanities
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English
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Cambridge University Press (January 25, 1991)
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281 pages
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This book aims to provide a clear and informative guide to the twists and turns of German history from the early middle ages to the present day. The multi-faceted, problematic history of the German lands has provoked a wide range of debates and differences of interpretation. Dr Fulbrook provides a crisp synthesis of a vast array of historical material, and explores the interrelationships between social, political and cultural factors in the light of scholarly controversies. German history is renowned for it peculiarities and paradoxes. The land of Luther, Bach and Goethe is also the land of Hitler and the Holocaust. The 'land in the centre of Europe' played a pivotal role in the European balance of power, yet never found a satisfactory identity or even stable boundaries. For centuries, the loose framework of the 'Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation', dominated by the Austrian Habsburgs, permitted a myriad of social and political forms and cultural traditions. With late, rapid industrialisation and unification of a Prussian-dominated 'small' Germany, domestic tensions contributed to the unleashing century, the status of a divided Germany echoed, refracted, and had implications for wider developments and divisions across the world. Only recently has the breaching of the Berlin Wall and the breathtaking rapid unification of the two germanies marked a dramatic new beginning in German history and the international order. This is the only single-volume history of Germany in English which offers a broad, general coverage of the main themes and topics. It will therefore be essential reading for all students of German, European studies and history, and will be a helpful guide to general readers, members of the business community and travellers to Germany.
  • Bele
This book is not an easy read. In many places the language is difficult, and I was sometimes left wondering what the author's point was. Nevertheless, it broadly succeeds at offering a concise history of Germany from its origins to the present day. The coverage expands significantly the closer one gets to the present era, as one would expect.

I was really quite surprised to read it is recommended for (among others) businessmen visiting Germany - I have no doubt the vast majority of these would be bored or lost. As an introduction for students of history, or for those somewhat more than casually interested in German history, however, it does well.

As others have pointed out, in more than a few places the author criticizes the point of view of other historians (AJP Taylor, for example), without really offering more than a casual alternate viewpoint.

One really MUST read this book with access to Wikipedia, at least; otherwise many points will go over the reader's head - names and concepts are often just "thrown out there", and their significance is not immediately apparent. One sometimes wishes the book were not QUITE so "concise". However, such further study will be rewarded.

I enjoyed reading this volume, and certainly learned a considerable amount. I was definitely left feeling that I understood Germany and the Germans better as a result. Recommended with the above caveats in mind.
  • Arcanefire
I read a few books about Germany in preparation for my week-long vacation in Berlin. I selected this brief overview of German history to get me thinking about German history and culture before I got there. I enjoyed this portrayal of Germany which starts with the Middle Ages and brings us to the early 21st century. The second edition was published in 2004 so more recent events are left out. Chapters cover medieval Germany, the Reformation, the rise of Prussia, industrialization and the First World War, WWII, and the split into two countries. A very brief chapter addresses the period after reunification.

This was fun to read while I was in Germany and after I got back. I will need to make a much deeper dive into German history if I'm going to keep all the Friedrichs and Wilhelms separate! This book contains an index, suggestions for future reading that are organized chronologically and topically, and many black and white photographs throughout.
  • Rainpick
I purchased this book last month and had the opportunity to read it while travelling. This is a well written book that provides an overview of German history. The language is easy to understand and Fulbrook does a nice job of placing events in both the immediate and big-picture context. This is especially helpful in gaining an understanding of how events unfolded and how some events (i.e the Nazi rise to power) could have occurred. Although the material is understandably broad in scope, there are many specifics tying the larger context to a variety of topics including literature, arts, music, philosophy, etc. Readers with knowledge of European history ranging from little to extensive will learn of broad themes and details of the rise, fall, and rebirth of the German state. The book is as titled - it is a concise history of Germany.
  • Realistic
The book introduces the German history from about the fall of Rome until after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and manages so in just a few hundred pages so that the uninitiated reader can take away complete summary that is reasonably balanced and complete at a high level.
My germanness was left wanting occassionally when certain details where omitted. On the other hand, this book being written by a non-German avoids the often typical heaviness of German historians wading deep into tangential details and naming every relative to be found of the family tree of any one character introduced.
The names of people in the book who made history seemed to be mostly political leaders. Personally I prefer the history made by local leaders, by artists, by inventors, by architects, by military leaders, by agricultaral leaders and by business people. Therefore this historical summary is somewhat shallow.
Nevertheless, as an introduction, this is worthy. The book was recommended to me by the former honorary consul of Germany in Cincinnati, Prof. Richard Schade. I have recently taken over his office.
I bought this book as a gift for the Mayor of Cincinnati in his preparation for visiting Germany for the 25-year anniversary celebration of the Munich-Cincinnati sister-city relationship.
  • Vosho
This book provides a good telling of German history up to the creation of the European Union. It's written in a way that is interesting but a bit dry. A good book for learning history that doesn't feel like a textbook.
  • Cordalas
There are very, very few illustrations, maps, or graphs and nothing resembling "bullet points" that summarize the details about a king or a war. The reader encounters huge paragraphs that resemble BRICKS on each page; worse, the prose style is mind-numbing / boring. Wikipedia is a better source for an overview of German history.
  • IWAS
A good guide for those who want to visit Germany. An insight on customs and a bit of information to set the "base" for exploration. A good book to read before visiting.
This book gave a nice summary over a very long period(from about 500 ad to1990). It was well written and just what I wanted.