Originally published in 1945, at a time when feelings against the German people were running high, this book is as much a revealing insight into the psyche of the Germans as it is a history of Germany from the late 18th century to the end of WWII. The author firmly believed that a path of reconciliation and a peaceful future for relations with Germany could only be achieved by understanding key episodes from the country’s past.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Parliamentary State and Power State 1. Germany’s Entry into World Politics: 1750-1914 2. Absolutism and Democracy: 1750-1790 3. Humanity and Nationalism: 1790-1820 4. Legitimacy and Liberty: 1820-1850 5. Military Obedience and Civic Courage: 1850-1875 6. Love of Peace and Preparation for War: 1875-1914 9. The Will to Education and the Class Struggle: 1800-1918 10. Politics and History: 1750-1914 11. State and Church: 1815-1880 12. Right and Might 13. The Sovereignty of the People and the Unity of The State: 1918-1920 14. A Glance Behind and a Glance Forward