Vivid, succinct, and highly accessible, Heinrich Winkler's magisterial history of modern Germany offers the history of a nation and its people through two turbulent centuries. It is the story of a country that, while always culturally identified with the West, long resisted the political trajectories of its neighbours.
This first volume (of two) begins with the origins and consequences of the medieval myth of the 'Reich,' which was to experience a fateful renaissance in the twentieth century, and ends with the collapse of the first German democracy. Winkler offers a brilliant synthesis of complex events and illuminates them with fresh insights. He analyses the decisions that shaped the country's triumphs and catastrophes, interweaving high politics with telling vignettes about the German people and their own
With a forthcoming second volume to take the story up to reunification in 1990, Germany: The Long Road West will be welcomed by scholars, students, and anyone wishing to understand this most complex and contradictory of countries.
`Review from previous edition A great piece of historical writing ... a "magnum opus"'
Klaus Hildebrand, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
1: Legacy of a Millennium
2: Hampered by Progress 1789-1830
3: Liberalism in Crisis 1830-1850
4: Unity before Liberty 1850-1871
5: The Transformation of Nationalism 1871-1890
6: World Policy and World War 1890-1918
7: The Impaired Republic 1918-1933