Germany, 1870-1945: Politics, State Formation, and War

Paperback | March 1, 1997

byPeter Pulzer

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Germany, 1870-1945: Politics, State Formation, and War deals with the three attempts to build a German nation-state between 1871 and 1945, and the reasons for their failure. Haunted by the spectre of the abortive liberal-national revolution of 1848-49, German politicians sought a series ofsolutions, none of which found a constitutional consensus, and two of which ended in military disaster. Pulzer looks at the two solutions imposed from above, those of Bismarck and Hitler, and the stalled revolution from below, that of the Weimar Republic. He examines the external influences onGermany's political development, such as the European state system and the Versailles treaty of 1919, but the main focus is on the tension between democratic and authoritarian forces, the series of unsatisfactory constitutional compromises, the main institutions of government, and the emergence andinfluence of parties and interest groups.

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This book deals with the attempts to rebuild a German nation-state between 1871 and 1945, and the reasons for their failure. Haunted by the spectre of the abortive liberal-national revolution of 1848-49, German politicians sought a series of solutions, none of which found a constitutional consensus, and two of which ended in military d...

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Germany, 1870-1945: Politics, State Formation, and War deals with the three attempts to build a German nation-state between 1871 and 1945, and the reasons for their failure. Haunted by the spectre of the abortive liberal-national revolution of 1848-49, German politicians sought a series ofsolutions, none of which found a constitutional...

Peter Pulzer is Gladstone Professor Emeritus of Government and Public Administration at the University of Oxford. He is the author of various books, including German Politics 1945-1995 (OUP, 1995).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:190 pages, 7.99 × 5.31 × 0.43 inPublished:March 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198781350

ISBN - 13:9780198781356

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Table of Contents

1. The Road to Unity2. Bismarck's Empire (1871-1890)3. The Wilhelmine Empire (1890-1914)4. War and Revolution (1914-1919)5. The Weimar Republic (1919-1933)6. The Third Reich in Peace (1933-1939)7. The Third Reich at War (1939-1945)Conclusion

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This book deals with the attempts to rebuild a German nation-state between 1871 and 1945, and the reasons for their failure. Haunted by the spectre of the abortive liberal-national revolution of 1848-49, German politicians sought a series of solutions, none of which found a constitutional consensus, and two of which ended in military disaster.

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`'...Pulzer takes the reader through the numerous epochs in German history, providing a sound narrative as well as opening up the broader picture...This book is essential reading for scholars of German history and politics; it is recommended to be read alongside PUlzer's earlier publicationGerman Politics, 1945-1995.''Marcin Zaborowski, Univ. of Birmingham, Book Notes