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The Evolution of Germany

1st Edition

By John A. Hawgood


260 pages

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pub: 2019-07-16
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Originally published in 1955, this book concisely charts the development of the states of Germany backwards, from the post-war partition into two republics, through the ruthless unification imposed by Hitler and the efficient federation created by Bismarck to the acute disunity of the 400 separate sovereignties existing in Germany after the Peace of Westphalia. The book also covers regional and geographical differences, natural resources, the class system and population problems.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Peoples of Germany 1. Prehistoric Germany 2. The Germanic Tribes 3. The Tribal Regions 4. Northerners and Southerners 5. Easterners and Westerners 6. Germans versus Slavs 7. Germans versus Latins 8. German Expansion in Europe Part 2: The Resources of Germany 1. Forest and Clearing 2. River and Fortress 3. The Peasants and the Land 4. The Nobility and Their Privileges 5. The Townsmen and Their Leagues 6. Industrial Revolution 7. Population Problems Part 3: The States of Germany 1. East and West Germany Since 1945 2. The Nazi State: Hitler’s ‘Greater Germany’ 3. The Weimar Republic 4. The Hohenzollern Empire: Bismarck’s ‘Lesser Germany’ 5. The Plan for German Unity of 1848-49 6. The German Bund of 1815-66 7. Napoleon’s ‘Third Germany’: The Confederation of the Rhine 8. The Consolidation and Partition of Prussia 9. The Habsburg Empire as a ‘German’ Power 10. The Lesser States of Germany Part 4: Germany and the World 1. Germany and the Roman Empire 2. The Carolingian Experiment 3. The Holy Roman Empire: Myth and Reality 4. Germany and the Medieval Papacy 5. Germany and the Reformation 6. Germany and the Renaissance 7. Germany and the Aufklärung 8. Germany and the French Revolution 9. Germany and the Expansion of Europe 10. German Emigration: European and Overseas 11. Conclusion: Germany’s Place in an Integrated Europe

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: German History

Originally published between 1929 and 1991 the volumes in this set:

  • Offer a comprehensive and challenging interpretation of the German past
  • Assess Bismarck’s contribution to the German Empire and his legacy for modern Germany
  • Examine the psyche of the Germans and discuss the psychological impact of the Second World War on the Germans
  • Review critically not only the rise and rule of National Socialism, but also the strength of authoritarianism and militarism and the weakness of democracy in 19th Century Germany
  • Examine the inter-relationships between social and economic change on the one hand, and political developments on the other.
  • Analyse the significance of the Zollverein on economic growth
  • Discuss authority and the law in the German Empire and the Weimar Republic.
  • Analyse the contribution of German historians to 20th Century historiography
  • Chart key events in British – German trade rivalry
  • Include archival material from both the former East and West Germany.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Germany