The Kingdom of Wurttemberg and the Making of Germany, 1815-1871 (Paperback)Dr Bodie A. Ashton (author)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 345 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
[The book] offers in a concise way a good overview of Wurttemberg's room for manoeuvre and initiatives with regard to the German Question between 1815 and 1871. * German History *
This comprehensive book represents nothing less than the current state of research on the history of nineteenth-century Wurttemberg, and it will surely find readers in the other remaining Mittelstaaten as well. * European History Quarterly *
A succinct book, whose valuable contribution to the transfer of knowledge across different historiographies should be acknowledged. * German Historical Institute London Bulletin *
This is a clearly presented, well-researched, and very readable account of the multifaceted role the middle-seized German state of Wurttemberg - the home of Friedrich Schiller, Hermann Hesse, and Albert Einstein - played in the process of German unification. Intimately familiar with the historiography, Bodie Ashton offers a fresh and interesting perspective on this rich topic. * Hermann Beck, Professor of History and International Studies, University of Miami, USA *
This is a very welcome contribution to nineteenth-century German history. Bodie Ashton's new study of the small South-west German state of Wurttemberg retells the history of the movement for German unification from an unfamiliar vantage point. In calling into question some of the assumptions of an older body of literature, Ashton gives us the benefit of a more plural and more open-ended history of German unification, at the same time as demonstrating why some alternative ideals of the nation-state ultimately failed. * Andrew Bonnell, Associate Professor in History, University of Queensland, Australia *
It is hard to give this book sufficient praise; lucid and thoroughly researched, it brings the past to life, and the sections on politics, economic growth (or the absence of it in southern Germany), and warfare are equally effective. If the unification of Germany came in a way that was unexpected (the author notes in closing), what came afterward was equally unpredictable. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. * CHOICE *
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