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The German Empire, 1870-1918 (Modern Library Chronicles #4)

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In "The German Empire," one of Europe's great historians and men of letters chronicles one of history's most fateful transformations--Germany's rise from new nation to prime mover in the chain of events that sent it hurtling into two world wars.
In 1871, Otto von Bismarck fused with "blood and iron" a motley collection of principalities, Free Cities, and bishoprics into on
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Hardcover, 192 pages
Published November 14th 2000 by Modern Library
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Lauren Albert
These Modern Library books are clearly supposed to be introductions to the topics--hence the short length. Someone clearly didn't explain this to Dr. Sturmer. For instance, he doesn't stop to lay out the different political entities and their relationships to each other even though this is the most confusing part of the topic. He uses words like "Junker" without explaining them--they were the landed nobility--as well as using foreign phrases without offering interpretations. He also makes connec ...more
Seb Zein
"Frustrating" is the operative word. Brevity is a virtue, but the attempt to condense 60 years of history into 120 pages leaves too much unexplained for the unfamiliar reader, yet too little room for fresh insights to be enjoyed by the knowledgeable reader.

The little space there is isn't even made particularly good use of. Walter Rathenau's writings on achieving European peace through integration are fascinating, but do they really warrant as much space as Bismarck's unification wars?

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Chase Parsley
Good, but not great summary of Germany's formative years (Bismarck to WWI). I would have preferred that Sturmer "dumbed-down" this account a notch; many other Modern Library Chronicles books I have read have done this far better. Many aspects of the book are explained while assuming the reader has a lot of previous knowledge.

Otherwise, Sturmer does a very good job in his account of the history of Germany during this era; Germany industrializes rapidly and becomes a formidable world power in a ve
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Akrabar
A short, succinct and very well written account of the rise of Germany as a major technological and political powerhouse in the 19th and early 20th century. Strongly recommended for those who wish to understand the history behind the roller-coaster like rise, fall and rise of Germany.
Peter Owens
A strong, concise history of German Imperial nationalism that goes deeper than the usual characterization of colonization and militarization.
Brian
Aug 01, 2011 Brian added it
A very long essay makes for a rather short book of history. If you don't have a bit of an overview of what happened during the time period covered, you'll quickly get lost. Stürmer offers loads of opinion, some of it rather witty, most of it rather interesting. Not being very well-read about this time and place, I can't say how much of it is novel. This is actually the second time that I've read this book. I breezed through it the first time and by the time I got to the end, I realized that I co ...more
Zepp
Too much 'Revolution from Above.' This reads like excerpts from a longer book, with certain themes (in emphasis and number of pages) way out of proportion. His section on the First World War was fantastic.
Check out Richie's chapters on Red Berlin, Imperial Berlin and the Road to the First World War for a better paced and wider-ranging, though less analytical, perspective.
doreen
This book provides great insight onto the workings of the German Empire until the end of the first World War. It's a small book, and though I would have liked more information about certain events and periods, this is a great primer to the events and politics that lay before the Weimar Republic and Hitler's Third Reich.
Nick
Slim, readable account of one of history’s great “champ to chump” stories.
Joshua
Brief history of the period. I enjoyed it.
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