The Course of German History: A Survey Of The Development Of German History Since 1815 by A.j.p. TaylorThe Course of German History: A Survey Of The Development Of German History Since 1815 by A.j.p. Taylor

The Course of German History: A Survey Of The Development Of German History Since 1815

byA.j.p. TaylorEditorA.j.p. Taylor

Paperback | May 23, 2001

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One of A.J.P. Taylor's best-known books,The Course of German Historyis a notoriously idiosyncratic work. Composed in his famously witty style, yet succinct to the point of sharpness, this is one of the great historian's finest, if more controversial, accomplishments. As Taylor himself noted, 'the history of the Germans is a history of extremes. It contains everything except moderation.' He could, of course, simply be referring to his own book.

A.J.P. Taylor (1906-90). British political and diplomatic historian, and noted journalist. He was the author of numerous bestselling works, includingBismarck,English History 1914-1945,The Origins of the Second World WarandThe War Lords.
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Title:The Course of German History: A Survey Of The Development Of German History Since 1815Format:PaperbackPublished:May 23, 2001Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0415254051

ISBN - 13:9780415254052

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from not recommended Although this book is entertaining, it was written mostly during WWII with the goal of educating British officers to know the enemy. It has insights and is based on a deep knowledge of Austrian & German history, but is highly biased and paints absolutely everything that has happened in German history as hilarious, stupid and incompetent. Even when historic figures work in a peaceful way, or deliberately leave neighbouring countries in peace, they're mocked for it. Most egregious is how he describes the Nazi movement as "action without thought" (p. 245); nothing could be further from the truth, Hitler and company planned and published their thoughts in long detail and had an (evil) ideology carefully thought out. The book verges on propaganda and is guilty of the same ridiculous over-simplification that the Nazis themselves enthusiastically used.
Date published: 2015-05-27

Editorial Reviews

'Mr Taylor, by cutting down to a minimum the ballast of dates and names that so often encumbers historical writing, and concentrating on the fundamental trends and events, has achieved both brevity and lucidity.' - The Observer