By Martin Kitchen
This enticing textbook offers a wide survey of recent German historical past from 1800-2000, and situates Germany’s fragmented previous inside its complete context. Kitchen:
- Provides readers an extended view of German background, letting them see continuities and adjustments
- Covers the unification of Germany, the German Empire, the Weimar Republic, the 3rd Reich, the Federal Republic, the cave in of Communism, and the re-unification
- Examines cultural heritage in addition to political and fiscal heritage
- Includes assurance of nearby historical past instead of concentrating on the dominant function of Prussia
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A History of Modern Germany 1800 - 2000 by Martin Kitchen