A History of Modern Germany 1871 to Present

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  • Edition: 7th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-11-21
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Engages readers with a narrative, problem-focused approach. Covering the entire period of modern German historyfrom nineteenth century imperial Germany right through the presentthis well-established text presents a balanced, general survey of the country's political division in 1945 and runs through its reunification in the present. Detailing foreign policy as well as political, economic and social developments, A History of Modern Germanypresents a central theme of the problem of asymmetrical modernization in the country's history as it fully explores the complicated path of Germany's troubled past and stable present. Note: MySearchLabdoes not come automatically packaged with this text. To purchase MySearchLabat no extra charge, please visitwww.MySearchLab.com or use ISBN: 9780205216055.

Author Biography

Dietrich Orlow taught at Boston University from 1971 to 2002 and was also a visiting professor at the Universities of Hamburg in Germany and Amsterdam in The Netherlands.  He is the author of several books on the history of modern Germany. They include A History of the Nazi Party (1969, 1973) [2 volumes], Weimar Prussia, 1918-1933 (1986, 1991) [2 volumes], and Common Destiny: A Comparative History of the Dutch, French, and German Social Democratic Parties, 1945-1969 (1999). Orlow has also written numerous articles for American, German and Dutch journals.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Founders' Generation: 1870-1890

The Fabric of Society: Economic and Political Power Struggles 
The Kulturkampf 
Im Mittelpunkt: Ludwig Windthorst (1821—1891)
Economic and Social Developments
Im Mittelpunkt: Gerson Bleichröder (1822—1893)
Social Legislation and Antisocialist Laws
Foreign Relations
The End of the Era and Bismarck’s Dismissal

Chapter 2: Wihelminian Germany, 1890-1914

Parties, Lobbies, and Patriotic Organizations
Im Mittelpunkt: Eduard Bernstein (1850—1932) 
Political Issues and Personalities
Economic Developments
Literature, Art, and Society
Im Mittelpunkt: Theodor Fontane (1819—1898) 
Foreign Relations
Germany on the Eve of World War I


Chapter 3: The First World War, 1914-1918

The Outbreak of War
Military Developments 
Im Mittelpunkt: Erich Ludendorff (1865—1937) 
Domestic Policies: Reform, Repression, and Revolution
Im Mittelpunkt: Georg von Hertling (1843—1919) 
War and Society 

Chapter 4: Revolution, Inflation, and Putsches: The Search for a New Consensus, 1918-1023

Im Mittelpunkt: Friedrich Ebert (1871—1925)
The Weimar Constitution
I m Mittelpunkt: Rosa Luxemburg (1870—1919) 
The Treaty of Versailles
Economic and Social Problems
Foreign Relations

Chapter 5: Fools' Gold: The Weimar Republic, 1924-1930

The Search for the Elusive Consensus
Im Mittelpunkt: Wilhelm Marx (1883—1946)
Economic and Social Developments
Weimar Culture
Im Mittelpunkt: Kurt Weill (1900—1950)
Foreign Relations
The Collapse of the Economy and the End of Parliamentary Democracy 


Chapter 6: From Authoritarianism to Totalitarianism, 1930-1938

The Rule of the New Conservatives
Im Mittelpunkt: Heinrich Brüning (1885—1970)
The Nazis’ Rise to Power
Gleichschaltung: The Establishment of Nazi Totalitarianism
Im Mittelpunkt: Ernst Röhm (1887—1934)
Foreign Relations

Chapter 7: Conquest, Death, and Defeat, 1938-1945

Further Growth of the Nazi FührerState
Im Mittelpunkt: Gertrud Scholtz-Klink (1902— )
Triumph and Fall
Nazi Rule in Europe
The Holocaust
Im Mittelpunkt: Viktor Klemperer (1881—1960)
Economy and Society
The End of the Third Reich


Chapter 8: "Condominium of the Allied Powers," 1945-1949

The German Resistance: Strengths and Delusions
Allied Visions and Plans, 1941—1945
Im Mittelpunkt: Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906—1945)
The Immediate Legacy of the Third Reich: The Reality of “Zero Hour”
Reparations and Economic Recovery
“Exorcising the Evil”: De-Nazification and Re-education
Revival of Administrative, Political, and Cultural Life
The Cold War and the Division of Germany
Im Mittelpunkt: Carlo Schmid (1896—1979)

Chapter 9: The Federal Republic of Germany, 1959-1990
The Adenauer Era, 1949—1963
The Changing of the Guard, 1963—1974
Culture and Society
Troubled 1970s and 1980s
Im Mittelpunkt: Günter Grass (1927— )
Im Mittelpunkt: Rita Süssmuth (1937— )


Chapter 10: The Germany Democratic Republic, 1949-1990  

The Quest for Viability 
Im Mittelpunkt: Erich Mielke (1907—2000)
East Germany in the 1960s

Culture and Society
Conflicting Signals: East Germany under Erich Honecker, 1971—1989 
Im Mittelpunkt: Christa Wolf (1929— ) 


Chapter 11: Germany Since Reunification: Euphoria and Disillustionment, 1990-Present 

Political Developments
Im Mittelpunkt: Roman Herzog (1934— )
I m Mittelpunkt: Angela Merkel (1954— )
Economic and Social Developments
Foreign Policy
German Society at the Beginning of the New Millennium
Problems and Prospects

Chapter 12: Conclusion

Germany, 1816—1866

Germany, 1866—1918
Germany’s Colonial Possessions, 1914 
Military Operations of World War I 
Germany After WWI
Germany’s Expansion, 1933—1939
Military Operations of World War II: The German Offensives, 1939—1942
Military Operations of World War II: The Allied Offensives, 1943—1945

East and West Germany, 1945—1990

Germany Since 1990

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