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German History, 1770-1866 (Oxford History of Modern Europe) Revised Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0198204329
ISBN-10: 0198204329
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"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


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This is a uniquely authoritative study of German history between the mid-eighteenth century and the formation of the Bismarckian Reich. This is an extensive account of social and cultural, as well as political developments and shows that the creation of a Prussian-led nation-state should not be seen as 'natural' or inevitable.
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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford History of Modern Europe
  • Paperback: 969 pages
  • Publisher: Clarendon Press; Revised edition (October 28, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198204329
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198204329
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 2.4 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #444,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author covers not only the political history of Central Europe, but also the cultural and literary developments. The political history of Central Europe under the Holy Roman Empire and then the German Confederation is tremendously complex, given the number of autonomous entities involved. The author has done an excellent job of tracing political developments as linearly as possible without getting bogged down in a morass of details. Even though the book runs to nine hundred pages, it is not lengthy in view of the author's purpose. For anyone wondering just what Germany was--and was like--prior to the rise of the Second Reich, this is an excellent resource.
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This 900 page book covers a period of less than 100 years of German history. I think it was written for experts who teach German history at the college level. I was mainly interested in learning exactly how average, everyday people lived in Germany during those years of 1770 to 1866...I am hoping to write a book about the everyday lives of my German American ancestors. The book does not concentrate on this everyday life material. But it is rich in statistics that show how agriculture was changing and the German lands at that time.
I found it an effort, but a worthwhile effort to plow through and I took some 60 pages of word-processed notes on all the detailed developments, but many will find this a little too dense and too technical.
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A compelling narrative for those who want to better understand the German people, from the egalitarian fervor unleashed by the French Revolution to the Franco Prussian War. Indeed it was an era which saw the birth pangs of the modern German nation state, with Bismarck as its less than democratic mistro.
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This is a tremendously ambitious book. It covers the period from 1770-1866; leading into Gordon Craig's masterful Germany (1866-1945). These books are both part of the Oxford History of Modern Europe Series and are generally both required reading in graduate history programs. Excellent!
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Very detailed. Useful.
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