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The German Empire, 1870-1918 by Michael Stürmer
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it was ok
bookshelves: history-european

These Modern Library books are clearly supposed to be introductions to the topics--hence the short length. Someone clearly didn't explain this to Dr. Sturmer. For instance, he doesn't stop to lay out the different political entities and their relationships to each other even though this is the most confusing part of the topic. He uses words like "Junker" without explaining them--they were the landed nobility--as well as using foreign phrases without offering interpretations. He also makes connections without explaining them. For example, at one point he says that though the wealthy didn't want the Navy to be expanded, they were happy because of increased protective tariffs. Does he mean that they still didn't want the expansion but looked the other way because of a "bribe" or was there some other connection between the navy and tariffs? Altogether a more confusing than enlightening experience.
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