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The Peculiarities of German History : Bourgeois Society and Politics in Nineteenth-Century Germany - David Blackbourn

The Peculiarities of German History

Bourgeois Society and Politics in Nineteenth-Century Germany

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A well-written, stimulating...piece of scholarship. -German Studies Review. In a major re-evaluation of the cultural, political, and sociological assumptions about the "peculiar" course of modern German history, the authors challenge the widely held belief that Germany did not have a Western-style bourgeois revolution. Contending that it did indeed experience one, but that this had little to do with the mythical rising of the middle class, the authors provide a new context for viewing the tensions and instability of 19th-and early 20th-century Germany.

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`It is a lucid tour de force illuminating innumerable aspects of European as well as of German history in a conflictive period. There can be no doubt that it will soon acquire classic status.' British Book News.

Prefacep. v
Introductionp. 1
The British Model and the German Road Rethinking the Course of German History before 1914p. 37
Basic Assumptions Of German Historiographyp. 39
German Historians and The Problem of Bourgeois Revolutionp. 51
Theoretical Bearings The British Societal Mod&eadot;lp. 62
Bourgeoisie--Liberalism--Democracy Some Necessary Distinctionsp. 75
Backward State/Modern Economy Unscrambling the German Coupletp. 91
Possibilities of Reform In Britain and Germanyp. 98
The Realpolitik of the Bourgeoisie And Redundancy of Liberalismp. 118
Defining the State in Imperial Germanyp. 127
Some Provisional Conclusionsp. 144
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie Reappraising German History in the Nineteenth Centuryp. 157
German Peculiaritiesp. 159
Economy and Society A Silent Bourgeois Revolutionp. 176
Economy and Society: the Shadow Sidep. 206
The State and Politicsp. 238
The Political Stage And the Problem of Reformp. 261
Conclusionp. 286
Bibliographical Notep. 293
Indexp. 295
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ISBN: 9780198730576
ISBN-10: 0198730578
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 308
Published: 20th December 1984
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.44