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The Divided Nation : A History of Germany, 1918-1990 - Mary Fulbrook

The Divided Nation

A History of Germany, 1918-1990

Paperback Published: 1st January 1996
ISBN: 9780195075717
Number Of Pages: 424

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Covering all major aspects of German history from the Weimar Republic through reunification, this new textbook offers a remarkably rich, insightful survey of a difficult and controversial subject. It integrates East German history more fully than competing texts, offering a precisely nuanced picture of life in the GDR and a compelling account of the roots of the 1989 revolution, and incorporates the latest research in social and economic history to deepen and vivify the political narrative. A unique advantage is its full, and fully accessible, examination of current historiographical debates in the field. Comprehensive, cogent, and judiciously balanced, The Divided Nation will become a standard text for undergraduate and graduate courses.

Industry Reviews

"Very nice introductory text. Excellent treatment of the German Democratic Republic. I found the chapters on the most recent period particularly useful in teaching this course. Nice treatment of opposition courses in both GDR and FRG."--Elizabeth Peifer, University of North Carolina "A first-rate persuasive synthesis not only of modern German history but of some of the related historiography...Fulbrook's study is remarkably objective. Her account, a felicitous combination of narrative and analysis, is accompanied...by some perceptive generalizations that seek to make sense of twentieth-century Germany....Highly recommended to student and expert alike..."--Queen's Quarterly "Excellent, concise, well-written."--G.S. Kent, University of Maryland "Unique among German history textbooks, this book provides detailed coverage of the post-1945 periods, making it unusually useful."--Jonathan Sperber, University of Missouri "An excellent text for an undergraduate course in German history. It offers a good balance between factual presentation and interpretation."--Margaret H. Pertzoff, Randolph-Macon Women's College "Durchaus sachgerechte und Wesentliches treffende Erzahlung." ["A straightforward account that goes right to the heart of the matter."]--Neue Zurcher Zeitung "I am planning to teach courses on Central Europe and Europe since 1945. This book would be perfect for them."--Jena M. Gaines, Mount Holyoke College "Useful summary of Germany from 1945 with a good introduction on the topic from 1918-1945. The summary dealing with Germany from 1945 should be helpful in teaching German history at the undergraduate level."--George Strong, College of William and Mary "Excellent."--Elizabeth C. Adams, Frostburg State University "Very well structured: succinct and yet comprehensive."--Narasingha P. Sil, Western Oregon State College "Comprehensive, yet thorough."--Catherine E. Boyd, James Madison University "Finally, an articulate, interpretive, and concise history which places emphasis on post-World War II Germany....Well balanced. I will definitely adopt it."--Carl H. Wilson, Assumption College "Well written, well organized, well argued, and offering just the right mix of interpretation and information, Fulbrook's history provides an important alternative to other texts on this subject because it emphasizes social and economic, as well as political, history and engages current historiographical debates rather than simply exemplifying an approach. Fulbrook's genuine mastery makes the important questions clear even for the undergraduate, while her stimulating use of the newest research and argument will appeal to graduates as well."--Geoffrey Cocks, Albion College "Extremely useful for many courses, good in its use of recent scholarship, and clearly written."--Vernon L. Lidtke, The Johns Hopkins University "A highly superior textbook, which I recommend very strongly. It offers a very full treatment of the post-1945 era and the best brief but detailed general introduction to the GDR we have, including a right-up-to-date account of the East German revolution and reunification. It should become the natural text for undergraduate teaching, especially in modern German history lecture courses, colloquia, German studies courses for language and literature students, and twentieth-century European history courses."--Geoff Eley, University of Michigan "Excellent general text."--Terence Ripmaster, William Patterson College "A timely, well-written study... This book is impressive not only for the way in which detailed historical information is coupled with general summaries,... but also for the even-handed presentation of diverse points of view. Both specialists in German history as well as students of German culture can use this text to great advantage... Most appropriate as a college-level history text."--Germanic Notes and Reviews "This well-written, well-organized, and stimulating text is a welcome addition for undergraduate and graduate courses in history, literature, and international affairs. Good bibliography of English-language works."--Choice "An up-to-date survey of German history since 1918 - a considerable feat of compression! Fulbrook must be applauded for delivering critical verdicts where appropriate."--The Times Higher Education Supplement "Provocative conclusions distinguish the book from other general histories."--The Historian

1: The Course of German History PART ONE: A DIVIDED SOCIETY: THE WEIMAR REPUBLIC AND THE THIRD REICH 2: The Weimar Republic: origins and orientations, 1918-33 3: The Collapse of Democracy and the Rise of Hitler 4: A 'National Community'? State, economy and society, 1933-9 5: War, Extermination and Defeat PART TWO: THE DIVIDED NATION: THE TWO GERMANIES, 1945-90 6: Occupation and Division, 1945-9 7: Crystallization and Consolidation, 1949-61 8: Transformation and the 'Established Phase', 1961-88 9: Diverging Societies 10: Politics and the State 11: Dissent and Oppostion 12: Diverging Cultures and National Identities? 13: The East German Revolution and the End of the Post-war Era PART THREE: THE DIVIDED CENTURY 14: Tension and Transformation in Twentieth-century Germany Reference Notes Select Bibliography Index

ISBN: 9780195075717
ISBN-10: 0195075714
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 424
Published: 1st January 1996
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.84 x 13.97  x 2.59
Weight (kg): 0.54

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