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A History of Germany 1918 - 2008: The Divided Nation

A History of Germany 1918 - 2008: The Divided Nation

by Mary Fulbrook

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The third edition of A History of Germany traces the dramatic social, cultural, and political tensions in Germany since 1918.
  • Offers a persuasive interpretation of the dynamics of twentieth-century German history
  • Treats German history from 1918-2008 from the perspective of division and reunification, covering East and West German history in equal depth
  • Covers the self-destructive Weimar Republic, the extremes of genocide and military aggression in the Nazi era, the division of the nation in the Cold War, and the collapse of communist East Germany and unification in 1990
  • New edition includes updates throughout, especially covering the Nazi period and the Holocaust; a new chapter on Germany since the 1990s; and a substantially revised and updated bibliography

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ISBN-13: 9781444359725
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 08/10/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Mary Fulbrook is Professor of German History at University College London (UCL). She was founding Joint Editor of German History, and has served as Chair of the German History Society. She has published widely in German and comparative European history, including a number of edited volumes. Her books include A Concise History of Germany (Second Edition, 2004), Interpretations of the Two Germanies, 1945–1990 (Second Edition, 2000), Anatomy of a Dictatorship: Inside the GDR, 1949–1989 (1995), German National Identity After the Holocaust (1999), Historical Theory (2002) and The People’s State: East German Society from Hitler to Honecker (2005).

Table of Contents

List of Plates vii

List of Maps viii

Preface to the Third Edition ix

Preface to the Second Edition x

Acknowledgements xii

1 The Course of German History 1

Part I A Divided Society: The Weimar Republic and the Third Reich

2 The Weimar Republic: Origins and Orientations 15

3 The Collapse of Democracy and the Rise of Hitler 38

4 A 'National Community'? State, Economy and Society, 1933–1939 56

5 War, Extermination and Defeat 80

Part II The Divided Nation: The Two Germanies, 1945–1990

6 Occupation and Division, 1945–1949 113

7 Crystallization and Consolidation, 1949–1961 143

8 Transformation and the 'Established Phase', 1961–1988 167

9 Diverging Societies 187

10 Politics and the State 206

11 Dissent and Opposition 223

12 Diverging Cultures and National Identities? 244

13 The East German Revolution and the End of the Postwar Era 267

Part III The Divided Century

14 The Berlin Republic 293

15 Tension and Transformation in Twentieth-century Germany 309

Notes 326

Select Bibliography of English-language Works 347

Index 358

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