Autor/en: Hagen Schulze
A New History.
60 illustrations, (56 colour ) 4 maps, 8 tables.
Übersetzt von Deborah Lucas Schneider
Harvard University Press
2001 - kartoniert - 368 Seiten
Conveying the full sweep of German history from the Romans to the fall of theBerlin Wall, the author explains Germany's past and present with lavish colorillustrations and halftones and an elegantly written text. Maps & tables.
Preface 1. The Roman Empire and German Lands (to 1400) 2. Transitions (1400-1648) 3. Twilight of the Empire (1648-1806) 4. The Birth of the German Nation (1806-1848) 5. Blood and Iron (1848-1871) 6. German Possibilities: A Digression 7. A Nation State in the Center of Europe (1871-1890) 8. Unification and the Dream of World Power (1890-1914) 9. The Great War and Its Aftermath (1914-1923) 10. Weimar: Brief Glory and Decline (1924-1933) 11. German Megalomania (1933-1942) 12. The End of the Third Reich and a New Beginning (1942-1949) 13. A Divided Nation (1949-1990) 14. Epilogue: What Is the German's Fatherland? Suggested Readings Illustration Credits Index
In Germany: A New History, Hagen Schulze, an expert on the rise of German nationalism, has given us a concise summary of the story of the warlike tribes situated east of the Rhine and of their descendants up to the present day. But throughout this accessible survey of German history--which is punctuated by splendidly reproduced works of art--the author focuses on a key question: "Who are the Germans?" His answer, which sets this book apart from other general histories, emphasizes just how recently the identity of that group has developed...Germany: A New History is printed on art-book stock and contains 56 color illustrations and 59 halftones from the German Historical Museum in Berlin. These range from a panoramic painting of the 1683 siege of Vienna to paintings and propaganda art of the 1940s to more recent adverstisements and photos. Lengthy captions describe the contents and significance of most of these works. -- John E. Pluenneke Business Week [Schulze] march[es] briskly through the centuries to produce a highly engaging, compact volume that shouldn't scare off general readers...He has produced a lucid primer that is a valuable addition to a field crowded with dense, specialized volumes. Mark Twain once explained that he was writing a long letter because he didn't have the time to write a short one. Schulze clearly had the time, and used it well. -- Andrew Nagobski Washington Post Book World The virtues of the book...include both reliability and brevity. The text runs to 340 pages, but is so lavishly illustrated that nearly 100 of those pages are taken up with pictures and their captions. A summary of the whole of German history in 240-odd pages of words can give a valuable bird's-eye view...[Schulze] argues powerfully that today's Germany is unlike any of the Germanys of the past, that it can and should become a "normal" nation-state. -- Noel Malcolm Sunday Telegraph [Hagen Schulze provides] a clear summary of the major political, social and intellectual developments that shaped a nation...His overview of German culture is a model of clarity and perception. Moreover, his willingness to examine the fundamental, and often ambiguous, nature of German society is to be applauded, as is whole-hearted rejection of the vision of a Germany based around a single purpose or set of common values...This remains an impressive and well-conceived work which will no doubt inform and entertain for years to come. -- John Callow Tribune Schulze admirably succeeds in providing a concise overview of 2,000 years of German history...For informed general readers who wish to broaden their knowledge of European history, Schulze's well-organized and easily digested account will be ideal. -- Jay Freeman Booklist Schulze projects the 19th-century idea of Germany as a "delayed nation" on German history as a whole--an effective leitmotif for this balanced and beautifully written book. The narrative moves comfortably through the archaic principles of the Holy Roman Empire, the emergence of a Pan-German identity, the lack of "inner ties" within the Kaiser's empire, and the 'inner stability' of the Federal Republic. This view correctly emphasizes the country's social and economic transformation without neglecting Germany's larger European context...The author's grasp of historical possibility makes credible his concluding assertions about the "fundamental" differences between today's Germany and its earlier versions. Highly recommended for academic and public libraries. -- Zachary T. Irwin Library Journal