This book provides a clear and informative guide to the twists and turns of German history from the early middle ages to the present day. The multi-faceted, problematic history of the German lands has provided a wide range of debates and differences of interpretation. Mary Fulbrook provides a crisp synthesis of a vast array of historical material, and explores the interrelationships between social, political and cultural factors in the light of scholarly controversies. First published in 1990, A Concise History of Germany appeared in an updated edition in 1992, and in a second edition in 2004. It is the only single-volume history of Germany in English which offers a broad, general coverage. It has become standard reading for all students of German, European studies and history, and is a useful guide to general readers, members of the business community and travellers to Germany.
Mary Fulbrook is Professor of German History, University College London.
Preface; 1. Introduction: the German lands and people; 2. Medieval Germany; 3. The age of confessionalism, 1500-1648; 4. The age of absolutism, 1648-1815; 5. The age of industrialisation, 1815-1918; 6. Democracy and dictatorship, 1918-45; 7. The two Germanies 1945-90; 8. The Federal Republic of Germany since 1990; 9. Patterns and problems of German history.