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Title:
Bismarck and his times
Author:
Kent, George O., 1919-
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Publication Information:
Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, [1978]

©1978
Physical Description:
viii, 184 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
1510 Lexile.
ISBN:
9780809308583

9780809308590
Format :
Book

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A new account of the life and policies of the first German chancellor, Otto von Bismarck, this concise historical-biography reflects, for the first time in English, the historical shift in emphasis from the traditional political-economic approach to the more complex social-economic one of post—World War II scholarship.

 

Since the middle of the 1950s, much new material on Bismarck and nine­teenth-century Germany and new inter­pretations of existing material have been published in Germany, Great Britain, and the United States. Pro­fessor George O. Kent's brilliant syn­thesis, drawing on this mass of mate­rial, examines changes in emphasis in post—World War II scholarship. The book, particularly in the historiograph­ical notes and bibliographical essay, provides the serious student with an invaluable guide to the intricacies of recent Bismarckian scholarship. For the general reader, the main text presents a picture of the man, the issues, and the age in the light of modern scholarship.

 

The major shift in historical emphasis described in this new account is the importance scholars give to the period 1877#150;79, the years of change from free trade to protectionism, rather than to 1870#150;71 the founding of the Reich. Bismarck's political machinations, par­ticularly his willingness to explore the possibilities of a coup d'état, are more fully discussed here than in any other book.


Summary

A new account of the life and policies of the first German chancellor, Otto von Bismarck, this concise historical-biography reflects, for the first time in English, the historical shift in emphasis from the traditional political-economic approach to the more complex social-economic one of post--World War II scholarship.

Since the middle of the 1950s, much new material on Bismarck and nine­teenth-century Germany and new inter­pretations of existing material have been published in Germany, Great Britain, and the United States. Pro­fessor George O. Kent's brilliant syn­thesis, drawing on this mass of mate­rial, examines changes in emphasis in post--World War II scholarship. The book, particularly in the historiograph­ical notes and bibliographical essay, provides the serious student with an invaluable guide to the intricacies of recent Bismarckian scholarship. For the general reader, the main text presents a picture of the man, the issues, and the age in the light of modern scholarship.

The major shift in historical emphasis described in this new account is the importance scholars give to the period 1877--79, the years of change from free trade to protectionism, rather than to 1870--71 the founding of the Reich. Bismarck's political machinations, par­ticularly his willingness to explore the possibilities of a coup d'état, are more fully discussed here than in any other book.


Author Notes

George O. Kent received a D.Phil. degree from Oxford. His B.S. and M.A. degrees are from Columbia. He is Professor of History at the University of Maryland. His previous study of the Bismarck era, Arnim and Bisrnarck, was published by the Clarendon Press, Ox­ford, 1968.


George O. Kent received a D.Phil. degree from Oxford. His B.S. and M.A. degrees are from Columbia. He is Professor of History at the University of Maryland. His previous study of the Bismarck era, Arnim and Bisrnarck, was published by the Clarendon Press, Ox­ford, 1968.


Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
1 Bismarck's Youthp. 1
2 Bismarck And The Revolution Of 1848p. 11
3 Frankfurt St. Petersburg Paris 1851-1862p. 23
4 Bismarck's Appointment And The Constitutional Conflict In Prussiap. 34
5 Bismarck's Three Warsp. 45
6 The New Reichp. 77
7 Bismarck's Foreign Policyp. 104
8 Bismarck's Dismissalp. 124
9 Bismarck Reassessedp. 130
Notesp. 135
Bibliographical: Essayp. 165
Indexp. 175
Prefacep. vii
1 Bismarck's Youthp. 1
2 Bismarck And The Revolution Of 1848p. 11
3 Frankfurt St. Petersburg Paris 1851-1862p. 23
4 Bismarck's Appointment And The Constitutional Conflict In Prussiap. 34
5 Bismarck's Three Warsp. 45
6 The New Reichp. 77
7 Bismarck's Foreign Policyp. 104
8 Bismarck's Dismissalp. 124
9 Bismarck Reassessedp. 130
Notesp. 135
Bibliographical: Essayp. 165
Indexp. 175

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