Rereading German History (Routledge Revivals): From Unification to Reunification 1800-1996

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Routledge, Jun 5, 2015 - History - 256 pages

In Rereading German History, first published in 1997, Richard J. Evans draws together his seminal review essays on the political, economic, cultural and social history of Germany through war and reunification. This book provides a study of how and why historians – mainly German, American, British and French – have provided a series of differing and often conflicting readings of the German past. It also presents a reconsideration of German history in the light of the recent decline of the German Democratic Republic, collapse of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany.

Rereading German History re-examines major controversies in modern German history, such as the debate over Germany’s ‘special path’ to modernity in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and the discussions in the 1980s on the uniqueness or otherwise of Auschwitz. Evans also analyses the arguments over the nature of German national identity. The book offers trenchant and important analytical insights into the history of Germany in the last two centuries, and is ideal reading material for students of modern history and German studies.

 

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Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
TOWARDS UNIFICATION
WHATEVER BECAME OF THE SONDERWEG?
NIPPERDEYS NINETEENTH CENTURY
FROM UNIFICATION TO WORLD
THE VIEW FROM FRANCE
Patterns of authority and revolt
THE DYNAMICS OF VIOLENCE
IN SEARCH OF GERMAN SOCIAL DARWINISM
FROM RACIAL HYGIENE TO AUSCHWITZ
FURTWANGLER AND
CLAUS VON STAUFFENBERG AND THE BOMB THAT
THE END OF GLORY?
Reunification and beyond
BEYOND THE HISTORIKERSTREIT

THE CATHOLIC COMMUNITY AND THE PRUSSIAN STATE
WORKERS COOPERATIVES IN THE NINETEENTH
THE FAILURE OF GERMAN LABOUR IN THE WEIMAR
REBIRTH OF THE GERMAN RIGHT?
AFTER REUNIFICATION
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