The Course of German History: A Survey of the Development of German History Since 1815
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, '...more
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
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
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.