History of Modern Germany since 1815

ISBN-10: 0520240499
ISBN-13: 9780520240490
Edition: 2003
Authors: Frank B. Tipton
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List price: $49.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 8/4/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 752
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.794
Language: English

Germany has fascinated its own people as well as onlookers in the twentieth century because, unlike the history 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 by looking at the economic, social, political and cultural forces that have created modern Germany. The 1848 revolutions ushered in an age of Realism that 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.

Frank B. Tipton is Professor in the School of Economics and Political Science, University of Sydney.

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Preface
Introduction: From Generation to Generation
The Romantic Age, 1815-40
A Revolutionary Generation: The 1840s and the Revolutions of 1848
The Age of Realism, 1850-71
An Anxious Generation, 1871-90
Neoclassical Facade and Modernist Revolt, 1890-1914
Politics, Governance, and Diplomacy between Neoclassicism and Modernism
The First World War
An Expressionist Age: The Weimar Republic, 1918-33
The Politics of Feeling and the Search for Stability
A "German Style": The Nazi Generation
Nazi Politics: The Road to War and the Holocaust
Abstract Expressionism and Socialist Realism: Divided Germany in an Age of Economic Miracles
A Postmodern Generation: West and East Germany after the Miracle, 1973-89
Neo-Realism: Reunification and Reunited Germany
Bibliography
Index

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