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The Origins of Modern Germany

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The turbulent history of Germany up to World War II has its roots in a thousand years, from the coronation of Charlemagne in 800 A. D. to hegemony and subsequent foundation of medieval Germany, to the rise of Prussian power under Bismarck. Goeffrey Barraclough’s classic work of historiography deals with this complex millennium with unmatched authority and depth of ...more
Paperback, 481 pages
Published April 17th 1984 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 1947)
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Szplug
May 19, 2012 Szplug rated it really liked it
Barraclough has crafted a classic here. Though the medieval period is his bread and butter, with immensely helpful guidance to a bewilderingly complex variety of intertwining events and personages, he also does a more than adequate job of summing up the political and historic strains from the Reformation onwards that led to the evils unleashed by National Socialism. Well written, insightful, and impartially passionate, I doubt there exists another book that so brilliantly handles such a ...more
Lauren Albert
Feb 29, 2012 Lauren Albert rated it it was amazing
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I did something very unusual--after I finished reading my library copy, I ordered the book on Amazon. I ordered it because when I reached the end, I had the urge to go back to the beginning which I couldn't do because I had other library books waiting.

I wanted to re-read the book both because of its density and its richness. I felt I had a much deeper understanding of German history after I read it. I hadn't known how tied it was to Italian history nor how much France had tried to influence it o
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Ellis L.
Feb 13, 2012 Ellis L. rated it liked it
Standard book, still in print. Especially for the late Middle Ages, it needs significant revision. Read only in conjunction with more recent scholarship. It's still in print because he's so damned readable.
Sydney
Sep 14, 2015 Sydney added it
A bit dry, but comprehensive--and it gave me the background information I sought before taking a trip to Germany last summer. Germany's long history is truly filled with incredible stories and people!
Giff Zimmerman
Mar 09, 2013 Giff Zimmerman rated it liked it
Very scholarly. Started strong. The middle 300 pages were fact-laden and dry, and a difficlt read. However, the last 100 pages or so, covering the 300 years after 1648, focused far more on analysis and less on facts, and was very insightful and informative.
carl  theaker
Jun 30, 2010 carl theaker rated it liked it
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Gee mine's a 1963 edition. Read for German history class.
I'd go for more recent texts if I were to go at it again.
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