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Assuming no prior knowledge, this clear and comprehensive textbook covers all aspects of German history from the Napoleonic Wars to the present day. David G. Williamson: - analyses the development of the German confederation and the abortive revolts of 1848-49 - examines the unification of Germany in 1866-71 by Bismarck and the subsequent development of the new Empire until its defeat in 1918 - explores the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich, as well as the period from the occupation to reunification, 1945-90 - assesses the reunification of Germany and its political, economic and diplomatic consequences - considers the historiography and the controversies of the period, such as whether Germany embarked upon a Sonderweg, or 'special path' after its unification in 1871 Each chapter begins with a chronology of the main events and contains a helpful summary of the key issues. Supplemented with illustrations, documents, maps, and boxed information for ease of reference, this essential volume presents the latest research and complex themes and topics in an easy-to-follow manner. It is the ideal introductory guide for all those studying one of the most turbulent and fascinating eras of German history.
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