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Germany 1866-1945 (Oxford History of Modern Europe) Paperback – March 6, 1980

ISBN-13: 978-0195027242 ISBN-10: 0195027248

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  • Series: Oxford History of Modern Europe
  • Paperback: 848 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (March 6, 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195027248
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195027242
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #917,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An excellent text--indispensable."--James M. Bruphy, University of Delaware


"All-encompassing for the period."--David R. Stevenson, University of Nebraska, Kearney


"The best book of its kind, period."--Richard R. Laurence, Michigan State University


"Excellent book, enjoyable to read, stimulating to students."--Andrew R. Carlson, Western Michigan University


"Absolutely superb....By far the best book on modern Germany in any language and an excellent starting-point for further reading....Ideal for more advanced students."--Herman Beck, University of Miami


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Gordon A. Craig is at Stanford University (Emeritus).

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A. Lowry on January 19, 2004
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Craig assumes basic literacy in the overall history of Europe in the period he covers; this is not a good First Book of Modern Germany. But his coverage and analysis are first-rate. He covers foreign and domestic policy, as you'd expect, but also the culture of Germany before and after the Great War (tho with an understandable leaning to political implications).
Craig sees a continuity in German ends, if not means, from Bismarck through to Hitler, and is withering in his criticisms of the German passion for "pounding the table" as a substitute for politics or, indeed, thought. His book doesn't completely explain the mystery of how the Germans could follow Hitler, but it made that clearer for me than it was before I read it. As we might expect of a professor, his analysis of German academic culture & its subservience to authority is especially good.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B.E.F. on August 2, 2012
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Dr. Craig Lays It Out...

As Niall Ferguson has indicated, Germany has ultimately achieved much of what was its goal all along--i.e., a Mitteleuropa economic dominance.
German global military and economic dominance just wasn't in the cards, though the Germans certainly made a good try for it.
Some might say `unfortunately' Anglo-American predominance since mid-19th Century simply gave those entities a leg-up in world markets, natural resources, and third-world human labor--(all at very little cost to the imperialists themselves); this too offset by Russian and French econo-geopolitical activity in tandem.

(We may note in passing that currently in this vein China is highly active in Africa, South America, and Central Asia.)

Well, be this as it may, in 1866 the Prussians couldn't know which way the cat would jump in future: in the gambit for global dominance the world seemed a pretty level playing-field for all contenders.
And so Dr. Craig makes this his logical starting point for his definitive historical narrative of `the German Problem'.

(In 1866, the Prussians forced the last vestiges of the old `Holy Roman Empire' [i.e., the Austrian-Hapsburgs] out of northern-German economic influence.)

From this starting-point Dr. Craig (emeritus Sterling professor of Humanities at Stanford U) lays out modern history (German, European, World) in the most splendid admirable approachable comprehensible fashion.

This is the finest example of the true Art of historiography: composed in superb prose, based on primary sources, annotated in strict Chicago Manual Style.

Dr.
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By Harold M Edwards on May 19, 2014
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This is an excellent history of Germany. It's a wealth of knowledge and will help one understand the beginnings of both World Wars. I love the section on Bismarck.
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This is one of the most masterful works on German political history as social process. The breadth of understanding of the subject is masterful.
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