The book traces the development of Germany from the Kaiser’s Reich in the 1870s to the reunited democratic state led by Helmut Kohl in the 1990s. The author begins by countering the popular view of Germany before 1914 as irredeemably reactionary, and after assessing Germany’s part in the First World War, he outlines the rise and fall of the Weimar Republic. The 12 years of Hitler’s destructive experiment are presented in a balanced way as part of the overall development of the country. Germany in defeat is then discussed, as is heer rebirth under Four Power occupation. The last chapters explore the two separate German states and the events leading up to the restoration of German unity.
Preface to the Third Edition. List of Abbreviations. Maps. 1. Germany Before 1918. 2. From Defeat to Democratic Republic 3. Weimar from Crisis to Stability 4. Weimar Crisis and Capitulation 5. Hitler’s Germany 1933-39 6. Phoney War, Total War and Total Defeat 7. Germany Under Occupation 8. Adenauer’s Germany 9. Ulbricht’s Leninist State 10. East Germany in the Sixties 11. West Germany in the Sixties 12. The Social-Liberal Coalition 13. Kohl’s First Term 14. German Unity Restored.