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9780060934835

A Mighty Fortress: A New History of the German People

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  • ISBN13:

    9780060934835

  • ISBN10:

    0060934832

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-10-29
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications

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Summary

The word "German" was being used by the Romans as early as the mid- first century B.C. to describe tribes in the eastern Rhine valley. Nearly two thousand years later, the richness and complexity of German history have faded beneath the long shadow of the country's darkest hour in World War II. Now, award-winning historian Steven Ozment, whom The New Yorker has hailed as "a splendidly readable scholar," gives us the fullest portrait possible in this sweeping, original, and provocative history of the German people, from antiquity to the present, holding a mirror up to an entire civilization -- one that has been alternately Western Europe's most successful and most perilous.

Author Biography

Steven Ozment is McLean Professor of Ancient and Modern History at Harvard University

Table of Contents

List of Maps xi
INTRODUCTION 1(16)
Looking for the Good German
I FROM FIRST TRIBES TO FIRST EMPIRE
1 THE BARBARIAN COMPLEX
17(18)
Roman-German Relations in Antiquity
2 FROM MEROVINGIANS TO HOHENSTAUFENS
35(30)
Germanic Rule in the Middle Ages
II THE HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE OF THE GERMAN NATION
3 MAN AND GOD
65(42)
Germany in the Renaissance and Reformation
4 EUROPE'S STOMPING GROUND
107(18)
Germany During the Thirty Years' War
5 ENEMY MINE
125(22)
Absolutism and the Rise of Prussia
III ENLIGHTENMENT, REACTION, AND A NEW AGE
6 TROJAN HORSES
147(32)
From the French to the German Revolution
7 ABSOLUTE SPIRIT AND ABSOLUTE PEOPLE
179(24)
The Intellectual Torrents of the Nineteenth Century
8 REVOLUTIONARY CONSERVATISM
203(24)
The Age of Bismarck
IV GERMANS IN THE MODERN WORLD
9 THE LAST EMPIRE
227(28)
From Wilhelmine to Weimar Germany
10 THE BARBARIAN PRINCE
255(34)
The Rise and Fall of National Socialism
11 THE COMPOSITE GERMAN
289(38)
Germany Since World War II
Notes 327(58)
Index 385

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