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The German Empire: A Short History

3.50  ·  Rating Details  ·  40 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
In a remarkably vibrant narrative, Michael Stürmer blends high politics, social history, portraiture, and an unparalleled command of military and economic developments to tell the story of Germany’s breakneck rise from new nation to Continental superpower. It begins with the German military’s greatest triumph, the Franco-Prussian War, and then tracks the forces of unificat ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 6th 2002 by Modern Library
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Apr 02, 2016 William rated it it was amazing
When I opened this book, the only names I knew were Bismarck and the Kaiser. And my knowledge of those two was, to be generous, vague. Sturmer's book is an excellent introduction to the German empire. For such a brief book, Sturmer does a commendable job of giving clarity to a period too often only hazily understood by readers in the U.S. Maybe the most intriguing part was a brief sketch of the hapless Caprivi, who succeeded Bismarck. A reasonable case can be made that had Caprivi not been force ...more
Sep 21, 2007 Zepp rated it liked it
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.
Jun 07, 2012 Matthew rated it really liked it
While not advised to one without some background on German History, if one has this background, this is wonderful concise review the rise and fall of the Second Reich. The book covers Bismarck-Wilhelm II-Weimar, while also covering a fair amount of social history. Also contains a helpful chronology, a list of key figures, and a number of black and white maps.
Well, I read this as part of my study and it isn't a book I would have picked up if I didn't need to. However, it was surprisingly interesting, although it seemed to me to jump a lot in time and place, thus making the reading a bit confusing. Only 2 stas, because again, it isn't a book I really read because I wanted to, but because I had to.
Jan 24, 2010 Fran rated it it was amazing
is a magnificent book on the era of Bismarck(1871) as Prussia was the creator of the German Empire and became the main cultural , economic , scientific and military power in the world ,in the first decade of XX century.iIn my opinion is essential.
Mar 20, 2008 Jason rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, politics
I honestly didn't think this would be so interesting. You can't understand 20th Century international relations without understanding Germany's rise to power. And Sturmer tells it well.
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