On Germany (Hardback)Giles MacDonogh (author)
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After the Second World War, Germany was an international pariah. Today, it has become a beacon of the Western world. But what makes this extraordinary nation tick?
On Germany tells the story of a country reborn, from defeat in 1945 to the fall of the Berlin Wall, the painstaking reunification of 'the two Germanies', and the Republic's return to the world stage as an economic colossus and European leader.
Giles MacDonogh restores these momentous events of world history to their German context, from the food and drink that accompanied them to the deep-rooted provincialism behind the national story.
Full of vivid and often whimsical vignettes of German life, this is a Germanophile's homage to the culture and people of a country he has known for decades.
Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Number of pages: 272
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm
'Giles MacDonogh has repeatedly shown himself to be in the front rank of British scholars of German history.' - The Spectator
'A fascinating romp through German history--engaging, honest and personal--that unfolds like a fine after-dinner conversation with a particularly erudite friend.' - Rory MacLean, author of Berlin: Imagine a City
'Forensic political and historical analysis, telling cultural detail and deep insights, with good jokes and fascinating twists. Want to know what happened to Nazi art after 1945? Or what the West German government thought of Elvis Presley? There are some excellent books on Germany; MacDonogh matches the best.' - Frederick Taylor, author of The Berlin Wall and Exorcising Hitler
'Giles MacDonogh's splendid little book draws on his extensive historical insight and personal experience of mainland Europe's most important country. This highly personal and quirky work deftly intertwines human stories, superb anecdotes and historical-political set pieces, garnished with food and drink, to remind us of why Germany continues to intrigue us.' - Brendan Simms, Professor of the History of European International Relations, Cambridge University, and author of Britain's Europe: A Thousand Years of Conflict and Cooperation
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