1st Edition

Imperial Germany 1850-1918

By Edgar Feuchtwanger Copyright 2001
    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    Imperial Germany focuses on the domestic political developments of the period, putting them into context through a balanced guide to the economic and social background, culture and foreign policy.

    This important study explores the tensions caused within an empire which was formed through war, against the prevailing liberal spirit of the age and poses many questions among them:

    * Was the desire to unify Germany the cause of the aggressive foreign policy leading to the First World War?
    * To what extent was Bismarck's Second Reich the forerunner of Hitler's Third?
    * Did Bismarck's authoritarian rule permanently hinder the political development of Germany?

    Recent debates raised by German scholarship are made accessible to English speaking readers, and the book summarises the important controversies and competing interpretations of imperial German history.

    1 German nationalism between failure and revival 1850–1862 2 The wars of unification 1862–1870 3 Imperial Germany – the liberal phase 1870–1879 4 Bismarck’s system in decline 1879–1890 5 The Wilhelmine age 6 Towards Weltpolitik and social imperialism 1890–1909 7 Stagnation at home, ‘encirclement’ abroad 1909–1914 8 Germany during the war years 1914–1918, Conclusion


    Edgar Feuchtwanger has written widely on modern German history and is the author of Prussia: Myth and Reality (1972) and From Weimar to Hitler: Germany 1918–33 (2nd edition 1995) and the editor of Upheaval and Continuity: A Century of German History (1973). He has published biographies of Gladstone and Disraeli and taught German and British history at the University of Southampton.

    1He (Feuchtwanger) has provided one of the clearest and detailed student guides available.' - F.G. Stapletpn, History Review