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A.J.P. Taylor
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The Course of German History: A Survey of the Development of German History Since 1815

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One of A.J.P. Taylor's best- known books, The Course of German History is a notoriously idiosyncratic work, written during the last days of the Second World War. Composed in his famously witty style, yet succinct to the point of sharpness, The Course of German History is one of the great historian's finest, if more controversial, accomplishments. As Taylor himself noted, '

ebook, 288 pages
Published May 1st 2001 by Routledge (first published 1946)
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I picked up this book on a whim from the library, mostly because my German history between Charlemagne and the world wars was completely lacking. I ended up actually reading it as an anthropological study of the history of history – or something like that. Taylor was purposely being rather absurd in his claims, such as "... after Bach, Lutheran Germany had no cultural existence" (10) and phases like "an attempt without meaning" (165) to describe any democratic or non-fascist political moves. His...more
Shyam Sundar
Apr 22, 2013 Shyam Sundar rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: History buffs
Shelves: history-modern
I started off this book with high expectations, having read AJP Taylor's "Origins of the Second World War". However, Taylor is nauseatingly Germanophobic. He doesn't hide his opinions about the Germans at all. He starts by claiming that they are barbarians, have always been so and will always remain so, unless they are civilized under the weight of foreign military power. He traces a "German national character" to the time of the Germanic invasion of the European plains - a character that repudi...more
carl  theaker
Excellent book, which is renown itself. A recent review regarding
its reprinting inspired me to read it. First published right after wwii,
it remains in print to this day which is an endorsement of its insights.

Which I've since read where people don't necessarily agree with them!

Appears that Taylor was a bit of personality of the day, appearing on
radio talk shows and panels of all sorts in his day 40-50s.
Not a typical description for the 'stodgy' British historian.

It is one of those books where...more
Edmund O'Connor
Taylor's prose, especially here, is always laced with a flair for the dramatic and eye-catching. It is difficult to imagine a historian with a less clear-cut view of the subject at hand, which is refreshing in a field where so many hedges and qualifications can be offered up as to obscure whatever point is hesitantly being made.

However, the reverse of that is that Taylor brusquely dismisses or ignores any fact and trend that does not fit his thesis. While it is understandable that he had very go...more
David Nichols
A great book for German-haters, written by an Englishman at the very end of World War Two. It contains two of Taylor's most famous quotes: one on the 1848 Revolutions - "German history reached its turning point and failed to turn" - and the other on Hitler, whose only flaw, according to the author, was that he was a German.
David Warwick
Fascinating, deeply provocative book by one of Britain's most famous and celebrated historians.

Deeply scathing about certain perceived "tendencies" in German history, most of which would be rejected by more considered historians, but very thought provoking and extremely readable all the same.
College textbook for German history course.
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Alan John Percivale Taylor was a British historian of the 20th century and renowned academic who became well known to millions through his popular television lectures.
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