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A Concise History of Germany

3rd Edition


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  • Date Published: January 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108407083


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  • This third edition of Mary Fulbrook's much-admired and popular introduction to German history provides a clear and informative guide to the twists and turns of the story of the German lands and peoples from the early middle ages to the present day. Crisply synthesising a vast array of historical material, Fulbrook explores the interrelationships between social, political and cultural factors in the light of scholarly controversies. Since the second edition in 2004, there have been important changes in Germany, Europe and the wider world. This new edition features a significantly expanded chapter on Germany since 1990, encapsulating recent and dramatic developments that have transformed Germany's character and international standing. This single-volume history of Germany offers broad and accessible coverage and provides a useful guide for students, general readers, travellers to Germany and anyone with an interest in German history.

    • Offers a new edition of Mary Fulbrook's much-admired and well-established introduction to German history
    • Reflects recent developments in Germany, Europe and the wider world
    • Includes a fully revised and extended chapter on Germany since 1990, as well as a new preface to the third edition
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Clear, concise, and authoritative - still by far the best short introduction to German history available.' Neil Gregor, University of Southampton

    'Mary Fulbrook guides the reader through the complexities of German history with energy and aplomb. Her newly updated Concise History of Germany is authoritative, thought-provoking and lively, illuminating key debates and conveying the larger sweep of political, social, economic and cultural developments over a long time span alongside sharply drawn key episodes. It is the ideal introduction to German history, right up to the present day.' Elizabeth Harvey, University of Nottingham

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    Product details

    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: January 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108407083
    • length: 306 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 137 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • contains: 44 b/w illus. 13 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: the German lands and people
    2. Mediaeval 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.

  • Author

    Mary Fulbrook, University College London
    Mary Fulbrook is Professor of German History at University College London. Over her career, she has authored or edited twenty-five books, including Reckonings: Legacies of Nazi Persecution and the Quest for Justice (2018), the Fraenkel Prize-winning A Small Town near Auschwitz: Ordinary Nazis and the Holocaust (2012), and Dissonant Lives: Generations and Violence through the German Dictatorships (2011; two volume paperback edition, 2017). Mary Fulbrook was Founding Joint Editor of German History and has served as Chair of the Modern History Section of the British Academy as well as Chair of the German History Society.

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