The Course of German Nationalism: From Frederick the Great to Bismarck 1763-1867

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The arduous path from the colorful diversity of the Holy Roman Empire to the Prussian-dominated German nation-state, Bismarck's German Empire of 1871, led through revolutions, wars and economic upheavals, but also through the cultural splendor of German Classicism and Romanticism. Hagen Schulze takes a fresh look at late eighteenth and nineteenth century German history, explaining it as the interaction of revolutionary forces from below and from above, of economics, politics, and culture. None of the results were predetermined, and yet their outcome was of momentous significance for all of Europe, if not the world.
 

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Contents

The rise of a national culture
42
What has become of the German Fatherland?
47
The nationalist movements road from an elitist to a mass phenomenon
55
From Rhine Crisis to revolution
63
1848 the whole of Germany it shall be
69
On the road to a national economy
76
Speeches and majority decisions
81
Blood and Iron
88
Revolution from above and below
96
Notes
146
Bibliography and source material
149
Notes to bibliography
159
A critical bibliography of works in English
164
Index
169
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