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Germany in the modern world : a new history
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9781442265127

9781442265134
Edition:
Second edition.
Publication:
Lanham ; Boulder ; New York : Rowman & Littlefield, [2016]
Physical Description:
xxiii, 291 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents:
Germania -- Das reich -- Confessions -- What is enlightenment? -- Imagining a nation -- An empire of monuments -- Modernity and its discontents -- Downfall -- Zero hour -- Ode to joy -- The Berlin Republic.
Summary:
With a careful blend of concision and rich detail, Sam A. Mustafa's readable and lively text traces German history from Roman times to the present, placing particular emphasis on the past three centuries. --Publisher.
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With a careful blend of concision and rich detail, Sam A. Mustafa's readable and lively text traces German history from Roman times to the present, placing particular emphasis on the past three centuries. Balanced and clearly written, the book guides readers expertly through the complex tangle of Germany's past. Mustafa provides a judicious mix of narrative history and historiography, tracing the influential individuals and broad social currents, myths and legends, and political and cultural elements that have shaped the country. In addition, the book is unique in bringing the story fully to the present with a chapter on the past twenty-five years that explores the nation's reunification and its struggles with history and memory. Generously illustrated with photos, artwork, and maps, the book also includes text boxes to allow readers to pause and consider key concepts in greater detail. Each chapter offers a list of further suggested readings, with a mixture of classic and recent scholarship, to provide a range of coverage of important issues.


Author Notes

Sam A. Mustafa is professor of history at Ramapo College of New Jersey.


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Mustafa (Ramapo College) presents a concise, very readable history of Germany from Roman times to the present. He touches on Germanic migrations, the Carolingian Empire, the Reformation, and the rise of absolutism; treats more elaborately the Enlightenment, revolution, and the Romantic age; and finally concentrates on the emergence of the unified Wilhelmian German Reich and its defeat in WW I, the short-lived Weimar Republic, the Third Reich, divided Germany, and the reunification of Germany and its aftermath. Without overwhelming readers with too many details, the author skillfully combines aspects of political and social history with vignettes and portraits of major intellectual figures and developments. The engaging narrative features analysis and up-to-date interpretations of the major epochs of German history. A few notable developments or turning points call for fuller explanation, but overall, Mustafa's account is judicious and informative. The short bibliographies at the end of each chapter contain suggestions for further exploration. A good supplement or an alternative for readers who want a more elaborate political history is Hagen Schulze's similarly concise Germany: A New History (1998). Summing Up: Highly recommended. General readers to graduate students. G. P. Blum emeritus, University of the Pacific


Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xxiii
Chapter 1 Germaniap. 1
Chapter 2 Das Reichp. 19
Chapter 3 Confessionsp. 37
Chapter 4 What Is Enlightenment?p. 55
Chapter 5 Imagining a Nationp. 89
Chapter 6 An Empire of Monumentsp. 115
Chapter 7 Modernity and Its Discontentsp. 141
Chapter 8 Downfallp. 175
Chapter 9 Zero Hourp. 207
Chapter 10 Ode to Joyp. 235
Chapter 11 The Berlin Republicp. 257
Indexp. 281
About the Authorp. 291