Imperial Germany 1871-1918

Paperback | June 11, 2008

EditorJames Retallack

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James Retallack is a 2011 Fellow of The Royal Society of Canada.The German Empire was founded in January 1871 not only on the basis of Chancellor Otto von Bismarck's 'blood and iron' policy but also with the support of liberal nationalists. Under Bismarck and Kaiser Wilhelm II, Germany became the dynamo of Europe. Its economic and military power werepre-eminent; its science and technology, education, and municipal administration were the envy of the world; and its avant-garde artists reflected the ferment in European culture. But Germany also played a decisive role in tipping Europe's fragile balance of power over the brink and into thecataclysm of the First World War, eventually leading to the empire's collapse in military defeat and revolution in November 1918.With contributions from an international team of twelve experts in the field, this volume offers an ideal introduction to this crucial era, taking care to situate Imperial Germany in the larger sweep of modern German history, without suggesting that Nazism or the Holocaust were inevitable endpointsto the developments charted here.

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James Retallack is a 2011 Fellow of The Royal Society of Canada.The German Empire was founded in January 1871 not only on the basis of Chancellor Otto von Bismarck's 'blood and iron' policy but also with the support of liberal nationalists. Under Bismarck and Kaiser Wilhelm II, Germany became the dynamo of Europe. Its economic and mili...

James Retallack is Professor of History and German Studies at the University of Toronto. He has held visiting professorships at the University of Gottingen and the Free University, Berlin, and has published widely on German history from the late eighteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.76 inPublished:June 11, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199204878

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James Retallack: Introduction1. Katharine Anne Lerman: Bismarckian Germany2. Mark Hewitson: Wilhelmine Germany3. Brett Fairbairn: Economic and social developments4. Christopher Clark: Religion and confessional conflict5. Celia Applegate: Culture and the arts6. Angelika Schaser: Gendered Germany7. Edward Ross Dickinson: The bourgeoisie and reform8. Thomas Kuhne: Political culture and democratization9. Roger Chickering: Militarism and radical nationalism10. Sebastian Conrad: Transnational Germany11. Jeffrey Verhey: War and revolution12. James Retallack: Looking forwardFurther ReadingChronologyIndex