A History of Germany 1918-2008

A History of Germany 1918-2008 : The Divided Nation

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The third edition of A History of Germany traces the dramatic social, cultural, and political tensions in Germany since 1918. * Offers a persuasive interpretation of the dynamics of twentieth-century German history* Treats German history from 1918-2008 from the perspective of division and reunification, covering East and West German history in equal depth* Covers the self-destructive Weimar Republic, the extremes of genocide and military aggression in the Nazi era, the division of the nation in the Cold War, and the collapse of communist East Germany and unification in 1990* New edition includes updates throughout, especially covering the Nazi period and the Holocaust; a new chapter on Germany since the 1990s; and a substantially revised and updated bibliography

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  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 152 x 226 x 22mm | 557.92g
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Chicester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • Illustrations, maps
  • 1405188146
  • 9781405188142
  • 319,547

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This accessible study traces the dramatic social, cultural, and political tensions in Germany since 1918. It ranges from the self-destructive Weimar Republic, through the extremes of genocide and military aggression in the Nazi era, to the extraordinary political experimentation of division of the nation in the Cold War, culminating in the collapse of communist East Germany and unification with capitalist democratic West Germany in 1990. The book also covers events since the end of the Cold War, examining the extent to which Germany remains a divided nation even today. For the new edition, the author has updated the book throughout, providing more coverage on the early twentieth century and reflecting recent work on the Nazi period, particularly with respect to controversies on the Holocaust. She also provides a new chapter on Germany's development since unification in 1990, with a focus especially on the continuing significance of commemoration and remembrance within Germany at the start of the twenty-first century.

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"Fulbrook's History of Germany is an excellent overview, clearly presented, and well written. Of particular strength is its coverage of East Germany, which is comprehensive and balanced. It effectively complements primary source readings, lectures, and more specialized articles." David G. Tompkins, Carleton College "Mary Fulbrook's History of Germany should be an essential companion for any student of German history. It combines breadth, depth and insight." Mark Allinson, University of Bristol

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About Mary Fulbrook

Mary Fulbrook is Professor of German History at University College London (UCL). She was founding Joint Editor of German History , and has served as Chair of the German History Society. She has published widely in German and comparative European history, including a number of edited volumes. Her books include A Concise History of Germany (Second Edition, 2004), Interpretations of the Two Germanies, 1945-1990 (Second Edition, 2000), Anatomy of a Dictatorship: Inside the GDR, 1949-1989 (1995), German National Identity After the Holocaust (1999), Historical Theory (2002) and The People's State: East German Society from Hitler to Honecker (2005).

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Table of contents

List of Plates vii List of Maps viii Preface to the Third Edition ix Preface to the Second Edition x Acknowledgements xii 1 The Course of German History 1 Part I A Divided Society: The Weimar Republic and the Third Reich 2 The Weimar Republic: Origins and Orientations 15 3 The Collapse of Democracy and the Rise of Hitler 38 4 A 'National Community'? State, Economy and Society, 1933-1939 56 5 War, Extermination and Defeat 80 Part II The Divided Nation: The Two Germanies, 1945-1990 6 Occupation and Division, 1945-1949 113 7 Crystallization and Consolidation, 1949-1961 143 8 Transformation and the 'Established Phase', 1961-1988 167 9 Diverging Societies 187 10 Politics and the State 206 11 Dissent and Opposition 223 12 Diverging Cultures and National Identities? 244 13 The East German Revolution and the End of the Postwar Era 267 Part III The Divided Century 14 The Berlin Republic 293 15 Tension and Transformation in Twentieth-century Germany 309 Notes 326 Select Bibliography of English-language Works 347 Index 358

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