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The history of Germany
Turk, Eleanor L., 1935-
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
xxii, 231 pages : 1 map ; 25 cm.
Reading Level:
1140 Lexile.
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DD90 .T87 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Every library should replace its outdated histories of Germany with this comprehensive and highly readable narrative history that traces Germany from antiquity through 1998. Unlike earlier studies written before unification, it offers up-to-date information on the Federal Republic of Germany in a refreshing and contemporary perspective without the Cold War rhetoric common to earlier histories. Designed for high school and college students and general readers, it will help readers to understand the complexity of German history. Each of the chapters in the work introduces a distinct period of German history, examining the problems of that era and how they affected subsequent events. Special emphasis is placed on the twentieth century, particularly the two post-World War II German states and their unification.

The work begins with a factual description of the present Federal Republic, with tables and current statistics, to put the history in contemporary context. Eleven chapters trace the chronological history of the Germans from their earliest migrations into Europe to the present. A timeline of events in German history, a section of biographical sketches of key leaders in that history, and an annotated bibliography to help readers delve deeper into particular aspects of German history complete the work.

Author Notes

ELEANOR L. TURK is Professor of History emerita at Indiana University East. Her book The History of Germany (Greenwood, 1999) was named an Outstanding Academic Title by the American Library Association's Choice Magazine.

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Choice Review

Turk's very readable and concise book is designed to offer students and interested nonstudents a current and analytically structured history of Germany. Turk provides an introductory overview of Germany's geography, cultural development, and institutions from antiquity to the 1990s. Each chapter succinctly states the issues that Germans faced in the era under consideration and then concludes with how the resolution of the questions of one historical experience helped create future issues. Most of the book focuses on the period after 1871 and includes an exceptionally lucid analysis of Nazi Germany. Equally significant is the author's study of post-1945 and post-1989 Germany, following the elimination of the Berlin Wall. Turk's scholarly analysis of Germany after 1990 very effectively introduces the reader to the issues surrounding the possible European integration of national states. There is a "Timeline of Historical Events," a section entitled "Notable People in the History of Germany," and a superb annotated bibliography. General readers; undergraduates. D. J. Dietrich Boston College

Table of Contents

Timeline of Historical Events
An Introduction to Modern Germany
Germans in Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages
The German Dynasties
The Rise and Impact of Prussia
The Second German Empire, 1871-1914
The First World War and the Weimar
Republic Hitler and the Second World War From Occupation to Sovereignty, 1945-1949
The German Federal Republic
The German Democratic Republic, 1949-1990
The German Federal Republic after 1990
Notable People in the History of Germany