A History of Modern Germany

1871 to Present
 
 
Routledge (Verlag)
  • 8. Auflage
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  • erschienen am 20. Juli 2018
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  • 476 Seiten
 
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978-1-351-01797-8 (ISBN)
 

A History of Modern Germany is a well-established text that presents a balanced survey of the last 150 years of German history, stretching from nineteenth-century imperial Germany, through political division and reunification, and into the present day.

Beginning in the early 1870s and covering topics such as Wilhelmenian Germany, the World Wars, revolution, inflation and putsches, the Weimar Republic, the Federal Republic and the German Democratic Republic, the book offers a comprehensive overview of the entire period of modern German history. Fully updated throughout, this new edition details foreign policy, political and economic history and includes increased coverage of social and cultural history, and history 'from the bottom up', as well as containing a new chapter that brings it right up to the present day.

The book is supported by full discussion of past and present historiographic debates, illustrations, maps, further readings and biographies of key German political, economic and cultural figures within the Im Mittelpunkt feature. Fully exploring the complicated path of Germany's troubled past and stable present, A History of Modern Germany provides the perfect grounding for all students of German history.

8. Auflage
  • Englisch
  • London
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  • Großbritannien
Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Für höhere Schule und Studium
  • Neue Ausgabe
45 schwarz-weiße Abbildungen, 10 schwarz-weiße Fotos
978-1-351-01797-8 (9781351017978)

Dietrich Orlow is Professor (emerit.) of History at Boston University. He has taught and written extensively on contemporary German and European history. His recent books include Common Destiny: A Comparative History of the Dutch, French, and German Social Democratic Parties, 1945-1969 (2000) and Socialist Reformers and the Collapse of the German Democratic Republic (2015).

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PREFACE





1 THE FOUNDERS' GENERATION, 1871-1890


The Road to Unification


After Unification: Economic and Political Power Structures


The Kulturkampf


Im Mittelpunkt: Ludwig Windthorst (1812-1891)


Economic and Social Developments


Im Mittelpunkt: Gerson Bleichroeder (1822-1893)


Social Legislation and Antisocialist Laws


Foreign Relations


The End of the Era and Bismarck's Dismissal





2 WILHELMENIAN GERMANY, 1890-1914


The Structures and Personalities of Modern Politics


Economic and Social Developments


Literature, Art, and Society


Im Mittelpunkt: Heinrich (1871-1950) and Thomas Mann (1875-1955)


Im Mittelpunkt: Karl May (1842-1912)


Foreign Relations


Germany on the Eve of World War I





3 WORLD WAR I, 1914-1918


The Debate over the Outbreak of the War


Military Developments


Im Mittelpunkt: Erich Ludendorff (1865-1937)


Domestic Politics: Reform, Repression, and Revolution


War and Society


Conclusion: The Long-Term Impact of the War





4 REVOLUTION, INFLATION, AND PUTSCHES:


THE SEARCH FOR A NEW CONSENSUS, 1918-1923


Revolution


Im Mittelpunkt: Rosa Luxemburg (1870-1919)


Im Mittelpunkt: Friedrich Ebert (1871-1925)


The Weimar Constitution


The Treaty of Versailles


Economic and Social Problems


Im Mittelpunkt: Walther Rathenau (1867-1922)


Everyday Life under Extreme Duress


Counterrevolution


Foreign Relations


Conclusion





5 FOOLS' GOLD: THE WEIMAR REPUBLIC, 1924-1930


The Search for the Elusive Political Consensus


Economic and Social Developments


Weimar Culture


Im Mittelpunkt: Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992)


Im Mittelpunkt: Kurt Weill (1900-1950)


Foreign Relations


The Depression and the End of Parliamentary Democracy





6 FROM AUTHORITARIANISM TO TOTALITARIANISM, 1930-1938


The Rule of the New Conservatives


Im Mittelpunkt: Heinrich Bruning (1885-1970)


Im Mittelpunkt: Franz von Papen (1879-1969)


The Nazis' Rise to Power


Gleichschaltung: The Establishment of Nazi Totalitarianism


Social Life and the Concept of the Volksgemeinschaft


Foreign Relations


Conclusion





7 CONQUEST, DEATH, AND DEFEAT, 1938-1945


Further Growth of the Nazi Fuhrer State


Im Mittelpunkt: Reinhard Heydrich (1904-1942)


The Road to War


Nazi Rule in Europe


The Holocaust


Im Mittelpunkt: Viktor Klemperer (1881-1960)


Economy and Society


The End of the Third Reich





8 "CONDOMINIUM OF THE ALLIED POWERS," 1945-1949


The German Resistance: Strengths and Delusions


Im Mittelpunkt: Claus von Stauffenberg (1907-1944)


Allied Visions and Plans, 1941-1945


The Immediate Legacy of the Third Reich: The Reality of "Zero Hour"


Reparations and Economic Recovery


"Exorcising the Evil": De-Nazification and Reeducation


Revival of Administrative, Political, and Cultural Life


The Cold War and the Division of Germany


Conclusion





9 THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, 1949-1990


The Adenauer Era, 1949-1963


Im Mittelpunkt: Konrad Adenauer (1876-1967)


The Changing of the Guard, 1963-1974


Im Mittelpunkt: Helmut Schmidt (1918-2015)


Culture and Society


Im Mittelpunkt: Gunter Grass (1927-2015)


1968 and Beyond: Troubled 1970s and 1980s


Conclusion





10 THE GERMAN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC, 1949-1990


The Quest for Viability


Im Mittelpunkt: Erich Mielke (1907-2000)


East Germany in the 1960s


Culture and Society


Im Mittelpunkt: Wolf Biermann (1936-)


Conflicting Signals: East Germany under Erich Honecker, 1971-1989


1989: The Year of the Ultimate Crisis


Im Mittelpunkt: Kurt Masur (1927-2015)


Conclusion





11 EUPHORIA AND DISILLUSIONMENT, 1990-2005


Political Developments


Im Mittelpunkt: Gerhard Schroeder (1944-)


The End of the Kohl Era


Economic and Social Developments


Foreign Policy


German Society Fifteen Years after Reunification


Problems and Prospects





12 THE NEW NORMAL, 2005 to the Present


Im Mittelpunkt: Angela Merkel (1954-)


Parties, Politics and Elections


Foreign Relations


Im Mittelpunkt: Ursula von der Leyen (1958-)


The Refugee Crisis of 2015/16 and the Rise of Anti-Establishment Groups


Culture


Im Mittelpunkt: Herta Muller (1953-)


Problems and Prospects





13 CONCLUSION





SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING





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