"An impressive, powerfully argued book....As the Germans forge their new polity and the discussion of German national identity enters a new phase, those who seek to understand that process and the diverse trends and experiences that have shaped it over the past two centuries will find no better guide than James Sheehan's wise and masterly book."--The New York Times Book Review
"Sheehan has produced what is by any account a magisterial exercise in historical reconceptualization."--American Historical Review
"An outstanding piece of historical literature that may well remain the standard volume in the English language on this period of German history for several decades."--The Historian
"Sure to be regarded as indispensable to students of German history. It has much to offer scholars in other fields as well, particularly those concerned with the genesis of modern nationalism."--International History Review
"The only study in English to cover German history from 1770 to 1866....The dustcover calls it 'uniquely authoritative and indispensable.' And for once the dustcover does not overstate. All who teach university courses in German history should keep it close at hand for consultation when covering the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries."--History: Reviews of New Books
About the Author
James J. Sheehan is at Stanford University.