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The German Question and Europe : A History - Peter Alter

The German Question and Europe

A History

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Published: 27th March 2000
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"What and where is Germany?" This question, posed by Goethe and Schiller in 1797, has been one of the crucial issues in European politics. It has had tremendous consequences over past two centuries and even now, long after the reunification of Germany, the question remains in the background, although in a somewhat changed form. Peter Alter's new study traces the evolution of the German question in its European context and through its various guises, from pre-unification times, through the Bismarckian and Wilhelmine empire to dictatorship, partition, and eventual reunification. His astute analysis provides important insights on both modern history and the political future of Europe.

An illuminating survey that would serve will any undergraduate course in European or German history or politics. Alter deftly synthesizes the most important secondary texts on the subject. History Journal (US) An intelligent and readable guide to the question which caused most trouble in Europe from the Congress of Vienna to German unification in 1990. The book is an admirably concise survey and will be very useful to students. English Historical Review This book is quite an achievement: it manages to deal with a subject of great complexity and depth, and over a long time-span (1815 to present day), yet does so in a way which will be accessible to all readers, academic and non-academic. German History The book is well written and easy to comprehend. The brevity of the book is actually one of its biggest strengths. Alter manages to describe the developments and the historical questions they have raised in such a way that the reader feels informed in one glance and ready to move on to more detailed questions. In this way Alter's book has to be highly recommended for all beginners in the study of the German question in the European context. German Politics

Preface
The German Question and Europe
Vienna 1815: the quest for stability
Economic progress and political failure
German unity: first attempt 1870-71
The German Question in war and peace
The nemesis of dictatorship
Germany in the Cold War
The German Question 1989-90: a dream come true?
Notes
Chronology
Select bibliography
Index of names
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ISBN: 9780340540176
ISBN-10: 0340540176
Series: Hodder Arnold Publication
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 27th March 2000
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 15.6  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1