Originally published in 1967, this book discusses economic and constitutional developments and religious history in relation to their political consequences. Political theory is treated in two sections: one is devoted to the ideas current from 1789 to the ‘revolutionary year’ of 1848, and another to those of the Bismarckian era. The author used archival material to verify her analysis of such complicated questions as the operation of the Holy Roman Empire and Bismarckian foreign policy. Investigating the disappearance of the old Germany, in which medieval institutions still survived the book shows that the unification of Germany was not the final climax of German history, it appeared, at the time, to be.
Table of Contents
1. Germany in 1789 2. Germany and France 1789-1806 3. Germany and Napoleon 1806-1813 4. German Political Thought 1789-1848 5. Germany and Metternich 6. The Revolutionary Uear 7. Germany in the Fifties 8. Ideas on State and Society in the Bismarckian Era 9. Three Wars, Germany 1860-1871 10. Bismarck’s Germany: The Liberal Era 11. Bismarck’s Geramny: The Conservative-Catholic Era 12. Emperor and Chancellors: Germany 1888-1909 13. War and Revolution: Germany 1909 – 1919