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The German Empire 1870 1918 Modern Library Chronicles

Michael Stürmer ¶ 7 summary

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 nati Highly informative but very dry I really had to slog my way through it The writer presents the bare facts which is fine but I can't really get into a history unless the historian can bring the characters from history alive I did find that I wanted to know about Bismarck after reading this historyAlso the writer's account of the lead up to WWI and the aftermath was thorough and interesting For the rest though it was a slog

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L Germany to become the force that fatally destabilized Europe’s balance of power Without The German Empire’s masterly rendering of this story a full understanding of the roots of World War I and World War II is impossible Good into to German history mid 1800s to WW1 Mis treats communism and socialism but otherwise solid

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On to Continental superpower It begins with the German military’s greatest triumph the Franco Prussian War and then tracks the forces of unification industrialization colonization and militarization as they combined to prope As usual with this series there is a good deal of information condensed into a uite readable text This one gives a good overview of early German nation history which will interest the reader as the discussion of German unity arts and industry as well as politics is briskly covered A good idea for someone going to visit or live in Germany to help investigate further Also helpful for the student seeking to have context of Germany in the early 20th century and to make connections today


10 thoughts on “The German Empire 1870 1918 Modern Library Chronicles

  1. says:

    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 confusing than enlightening experience


  2. says:

    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 US 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 forced out Germany could have become a peaceful pillar of a stable Europe into the twentieth century instead of becoming an uncertain power with an unclear purpose


  3. says:

    Highly informative but very dry I really had to slog my way through it The writer presents the bare facts which is fine but I can't really get into a history unless the historian can bring the characters from history alive I did find that I wanted to know about Bismarck after reading this historyAlso the writer's account of the lead up to WWI and the aftermath was thorough and interesting For the rest though it was a slog


  4. says:

    As usual with this series there is a good deal of information condensed into a uite readable text This one gives a good overview of early German nation history which will interest the reader as the discussion of German unity arts and industry as well as politics is briskly covered A good idea for someone going to visit or live in Germany to help investigate further Also helpful for the student seeking to have context of Germany in the early 20th century and to make connections today


  5. says:

    I learnt a lot from this small work although having access to Google helped as the author assumes basic knowledge than I had Overall a good introduction to understand the formation of modern Germany and the political and social changes that lead to it


  6. says:

    I agree with one of the other reviewers that it was dry


  7. says:

    Good into to German history mid 1800s to WW1 Mis treats communism and socialism but otherwise solid


  8. says:

    Some kind of wunderbar this ain't And while I didn't hate this enough to put it down in disgust I also came away underwhelmed The best chapter is about the founding and almost immediate foundering of the Weimar Republic which Sturmer bathes in an idealistic and uite interesting light Bismarck is of course a main character; Hitler makes his expected cameo appearance at the end But the personality was in short shrift the Kaiser a fascinating figure gets barely any mention relatively speaking I suppose the very nature of this type of book named right from the beginning as short history means that many many things of interest and importance both major and minor must needs be left out But even short histories can be fascinating little studies see Ronald Reagan This fell short of fascinating by several notches


  9. says:

    Frustrating is the operative word Brevity is a virtue but the attempt to condense 60 years of history into 120 pages leaves too much unexplained for the unfamiliar reader yet too little room for fresh insights to be enjoyed by the knowledgeable readerThe little space there is isn't even made particularly good use of Walter Rathenau's writings on achieving European peace through integration are fascinating but do they really warrant as much space as Bismarck's unification wars? Important topics that do receive the space they deserve such as the evolution of German society and life offer a glimpse of what could have been had the project been fleshed out Sturmer's personal views about certain players are well supported and expressed but all too rare to add much value to an otherwise uneven effort


  10. says:

    A very long essay makes for a rather short book of history If you don't have a bit of an overview of what happened during the time period covered you'll uickly get lost Stürmer offers loads of opinion some of it rather witty most of it rather interesting Not being very well read about this time and place I can't say how much of it is novel This is actually the second time that I've read this book I breezed through it the first time and by the time I got to the end I realized that I couldn't remember much of anything that I'd read More of it has stuck this time uite goodbut not sure that it's absolutely essential


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