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Breve Historia De Alemania

3.56  ·  Rating Details ·  167 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
In a pithy, concisely written text, Hagen Schulze chronicles Germany's often spotted historical past from the time of the nomadic Nordic tribes who migrated South into the Roman Empire to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, offering the past as a pretext for what he considers a new history yet unfolding. Consciously written for the general reader with little or no knowled ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published June 30th 2005 by Alianza (first published January 1st 1986)
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Colin Williams
Some questions NOT answered by this book:

Why did Napoleon abolish the Holy Roman Empire? What were the consequences of his doing so?
Why did the Princes of Bavaria, Baden, et al agree to cede the sovereignty to Prussia? Would Bismark really have attacked them?
What did those princes do after the formation of the German Empire, anyway? How much autonomy did they have? How did the Second Reich even work?
When did the Catholic-Protestant divide in Germany die down? Or did it ever?
When East and Wes
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Michael
Oct 08, 2016 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, geopolitics
This is a primarily political history of Germany from Roman Empire until 1996. It traces the evolution of governments over the region that is now considered to be Germany. For most of that time, Germany was not a unified country but rather many small kingdoms derived from the early tribes during the administration of Charlemagne. The aristocracy established in the feudal system persisted until Napoleon conquered Europe in the early 19th century. Then the German peoples began to agitate for a mod ...more
Brendan Steinhauser
I just finished this excellent, well-written history of Germany by Hagen Schulze. He traces German history back to the late Roman period, and chronicles the rise of Germany identity in the centuries following that period. Schulze takes the reader through the early Middle Ages, the religious wars, the Germanic empires, and the other important time periods and events in German history. A good amount of the book focuses on the creation, expansion, and destruction of the German nation-state: from Bi ...more
Irish Gal
Oct 28, 2013 Irish Gal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: genealogy
A good overview of Germany. Even though they were known collectively as "Germans", there was no country with that name until the 1870s, and even then it was a weak confederation. This book gives a good insight into why Germans so easily accepted the "fatherland" notion and wars that got them into trouble (and why lots of them left).

This English version was originally written in German for Germans, so I had to do some research along the way to figure out some of what they were referencing, even t
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Hans
Jun 23, 2015 Hans rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel
this is the first book I have read about history of a European country. I don't feel intimidated by the amount of information and the vocabularies used in there. It is clear and to the point to summarise what happened and consequences and subsequent events. I suppose it wasn't exactly neutral, but it probably reflect how a German Scholar view his own country's history

the amount of illustrations tell me more on the art and culture. maps and graphs for a better idea on where and facts.

I m glad to
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Craig
Aug 24, 2010 Craig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
A well researched and comprehensive history of the lands which comprise the country of Germany from early Roman times through the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989. Germany did not become a distinct nation until about 1870. Prior to that time it was more a loose confederation of duchys or small principalities, each governed by a local prince or king. In these early years, "Germania" referred not only to the current Germany, but all included eastern Europe (Prussia) and down into Austria.
April
Aug 31, 2010 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
They have a translated version of this book. To get the full picture, this definitely requires access to the Internet or an encyclopedia close at hand--there are a lot of historical references that are glossed over or only casually mentioned. This book is dense, but engaging and mostly easy to read. For the reader interested in German history, it offers a digestible but complete overview.
Malcolm Yarnell
Jan 11, 2011 Malcolm Yarnell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably the best short introduction to German history in existence. It is based on the latest research (to the late 20th Century) and utilizes the German History Museum in Berlin. Going to Germany? Read this book. Visit the German History Museum. Only a 4-star simply because I wish it had been longer!
David Melvin
Jan 14, 2015 David Melvin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a brief history about the history of Germany. It very definitive about about how Germany became important in world history and strongly influenced the world. It starts from Ancient Roman times until the present day.
Eva
Jun 30, 2013 Eva rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: at-parents-house, own
It should rather be titled A Political History of Germany. This goal is fulfilled, but didn't agree on my expectations of German historical events.
Elaine
Mar 07, 2014 Elaine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although well written and appearing comprehensive and fair, I gave up after ten pages because there were countless references to historical events unknown to me. This book needs a prequel.
Mike McSorley
Good overview, a little dry at times
Damian
Sep 01, 2009 Damian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Damian by: Andrew Libby
Read this for a "German Thought and Culture" class and it gives a great brief overview of the history of Germany and it's coming into being.
Kara
Nov 26, 2009 Kara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A good, quick overview of German History. Definitely a starter book that has sparked my interest to follow up with more detailed, time specific books next.
Amy
Jan 16, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good starter book for anyone looking to understand the complex history of the area that we know as Germany.
Jonathan Dunn
Jul 29, 2010 Jonathan Dunn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great overview of German history from the folkhero Hermann to the fall of the Berlin Wall.
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