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Here, from New York Times bestselling historian Richard Russell, is the dramatic story of Germany - from the rise of Charlemagne to the age of Martin Luther, from the Thirty Years' War to the iron rule of Otto von Bismarck, and from the formation of the Weimar Republic to the fighting of two world wars....

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ISBN : 28184048
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 195 Pages
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Germany: A History Reviews

  • Jason
    2018-09-25 22:06

    Germany: A History is a decent overview of mostly the political history of the Germanies leading up to Germany, describing a period of about 2,000 years in central Europe.A work like this is mostly introductory, which is fine. The greatest commentary involves the time period of Charlemagne, Frederick Barbarossa, Frederick the Great and the 80 years from WWI to German reunification in 1990. Much of the book then connect to these time periods. The Reformation is the major section that does not focus on the political leaders, and instead illustrates the great cultural change of its time period.If you are looking for a decent overview of Germany history, this is a fine work.

  • Lisasue
    2018-10-15 21:02

    A truly difficult book to finish, so packed full of details that it was difficult for me to get a larger, comprehensive picture fixed in my mind of the history of this nation, and its' inherent culture(s). Things I wanted to know before I started this book: 1. What about those Saxons? Weren't they just as impressively bloodthirsty as the Vikings? Heck, the Vikings have their own TV show, when all the Saxons get is "The Last Kingdom," which isn't as good. I know that they went to England, and created havoc, but kinda wanted the basic factual run-down. 2. What was the deal with the Hanseatic League? I know that it was an important commercial force, but exactly how? 3. Why is Austria a separate country than Germany? They speak the same language, and they're next door to each other...so it seems to make sense that they would be.4. Why were the Germans and Austrians so terrible to the Poles? Was it just about the land?5. What is the deal with High German and Low German? Why are there two German dialects? 6. Why was the Kaiser such an idiot? 7. What is it about German culture and history that would give rise to Nazism? This is an important question, considering that those of German descent are the largest self-reported ethnic group in the United States. Although so much of the culture seems to be lost, there must be some remnants of it left of it in the structure of American culture; things that are so inherent that Americans aren't even aware of it. Sadly, I didn't get the answers to most of these questions because I got repeatedly lost in the "bunny tracks" of this book. So many facts, told in chronological order, without any kind of insight or interpretation. So here is what is remaining in my brain after reading this book: Modern Germany was a lot of little countries, then it wasn't, then it was, then it wasn't again, then it was two countries, then it was one country again. Charlemagne conquered stuff. Metternich was a crafty dude. Bismarck was pretty kick-ass. World War I was a disaster. Lots of people thought von Hindenburg was great, but he let Hitler be Chancellor, so obviously they were wrong. Germany recovered, and is now an economic powerhouse. Still don't really understand the greater picture though, and most of my questions listed above remain unanswered. It could be me, however, since many others have rated this book highly, but somehow I don't think so. I'm usually totally fine with fact-dense books, but this one was a bust. I would not recommend this one.

  • Rāhul
    2018-09-29 21:19

    This book is a chronology of events related to the land and peoples of Germany, from the barbarians north of the Roman Empire through medieval Christianity, Nationalism, unification, Nazism and the current liberal republic at the heart of Europe. Perhaps useful for the fully uninitiated, it however fails to arrange the historical events to reveal any semblance of the historical currents shaping Germany or put them in the context of the world ar large. The author is also strangely normative in looking through a prism privileging Christianity in the medieval era and Anglo-American viewpoints in the modern era. Overall, an afternoon on Wikipedia will yield more historical insight on Germany than this book.

  • Richard Thomas
    2018-10-07 19:16

    It’s an easy read covering the history of Germany succinctly. There’s not much analysis but once you’ve read it, you’ll be well informed. For a British reader, there’s something of an absence of much commentary on the relationship bearing in mind that the British throne has been occupied by a German dynasty for 300 years. Otherwise it’s worth reading. The absence of maps from the kindle edition is a serious criticism and in consequence it loses a star.

  • Kate
    2018-10-10 19:28

    I wish I could say I’m much wiser from reading this book but I’m so confused! There’s something to be said for diagrams and family tree lines, especially when everyone has the same or similar names. Even WW1 and Hitlers reign were so lightly dealt with I am only a little more informed than previously. It wasn’t a complete waste of my time, I have taken a few things of interest away. I am sure there are far more comprehensive histories of this nation.

  • Heather
    2018-09-28 15:17

    To be honest, I dazed and dozed through most of this audio book. This is less a reflection on the author's work, and more my tolerance for straightforward historical facts dictated in a soothing voice on a C130.

  • Cora P Bartemes
    2018-10-15 20:18

    Understanding today’s Germany This fascinating account of the Central European tribes and their eventual gathering together to form modern Germany is compulsory reading for historians both professionals and amateurs. The use of maps would have helped immeasurably.

  • Michael
    2018-10-15 18:27

    ChronologyA very concise history, mostly chronological treatment of German history. A good overview from ancient times until until reunification of Germany.

  • Deborah Heley
    2018-09-26 18:26

    Excellent read.

  • Catherine Cronin
    2018-10-15 16:59

    This is a fast-paced history of the structure of Germany. The writing style is easy to read, but this cannot be considered a holistic account. It focuses solely on who was in power, wars, battles and conflicts. We learn nothing about daily life in Germany. As other reviewers have noted, the total absence of maps makes the narrative difficult to follow. As such, it can only be considered a starter text for those who want to learn in depth about Germany.

  • Margie Adkins
    2018-10-04 14:27

    This is a good, concise history of the lands that became Germany. It would benefit greatly from some historical maps and family charts of the royal dynasties to help keep all the information straight.

  • L
    2018-10-14 19:25

    This is a well written book, nicely paced and easy to read. Unfortunately it is hobbled (at least in the Kindle version) by a complete lack of maps or any other visual aid.