The Oxford Handbook of Modern German History

Hardcover | May 12, 2015

EditorHelmut Walser Smith

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This is the first comprehensive, multi-author survey of German history that features cutting-edge syntheses of major topics by an international team of leading scholars. Emphasizing demographic, economic, and political history, this Handbook places German history in a denser transnationalcontext than any other general history of Germany. It underscores the centrality of war to the unfolding of German history, and shows how it dramatically affected the development of German nationalism and the structure of German politics. It also reaches out to scholars and students beyond the fieldof history with detailed and cutting-edge chapters on religious history and on literary history, as well as to contemporary observers, with reflections on Germany and the European Union, and on "multi-cultural Germany".Covering the period from around 1760 to the present, this Handbook represents a remarkable achievement of synthesis based on current scholarship. It constitutes the starting point for anyone trying to understand the complexities of German history as well as the state of scholarly reflection onGermany's dramatic, often destructive, integration into the community of modern nations. As it brings this story to the present, it also places the current post-unification Federal Republic of Germany into a multifaceted historical context. It will be an indispensable resource for scholars,students, and anyone interested in modern Germany.

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This is the first comprehensive, multi-author survey of German history that features cutting-edge syntheses of major topics by an international team of leading scholars. Emphasizing demographic, economic, and political history, this Handbook places German history in a denser transnationalcontext than any other general history of German...

Helmut Walser Smith is Martha Rivers Ingram Professor of History and Director of the Max Kade Center for European and German Studies at Vanderbilt University. A scholar of German nationalism, religious history, and anti-Semitism, he is a specialist on Imperial Germany and has written on the long continuities of German history.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:888 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 1.82 inPublished:May 12, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Helmut Walser Smith: IntroductionPart I: History2. Robert von Friedeburg: The Origins of Modern Germany3. Celia Applegate: Senses of Place4. Ann Goldberg: Women and Men: 1760-1960Part II: States, People and Nation, 1760-18605. Ute Planert: International Conflict, War, and the Making of Modern Germany, 1740-18156. Jurgen Osterhammel and Franz Leander Fillafer: Cosmopolitanism and the German Enlightenment7. Jonathan Sperber: The Atlantic Revolutions in the German Lands, 1776-18498. James M. Brophy: The End of the Economic Old Order: The Great Transition, 1750-18609. Ernest Benz: Escaping Malthus: Population Explosion and Human Movement, 1760-188410. George S. Williamson: Protestants, Catholics, and Jews: Enlightenment, Emancipation, New Forms of Piety11. Christian Jansen: The Formation of German Nationalism, 1740-185012. Ritchie Robertson: German Literature and Thought from 1810 to1890Part III: Germany: The Nation State13. Siegfried Weichlein: Nation State, Conflict Resolution, and Culture War, 1850-187814. Helmut Walser Smith: Authoritarian State, Dynamic Society, Failed Imperialist Power, 1878-191415. Cornelius Torp: The Great Transformation: German Economy and Society, 1850-191416. Andrew Zimmerman: Race and World Politics: Germany in the Age of Imperialism, 1878-191417. Benjamin Ziemann: Germany 1914-1918. Total War as a Catalyst of Change18. J. Adam Tooze: The German National Economy in an Era of Crisis and War, 1917-194519. Thomas Mergel: Democracy and Dictatorship20. Rebekka Habermas: Piety, Power and Powerlessness: Religion and Religious Groups in Germany, 1870-194521. Steve Dowden and Meike G. Werner: The Place of German Modernism22. Pieter M. Judson: Nationalism in the Era of the Nation State, 1870-194523. Thomas Kuhne: Todesraum: War, Peace, and the Experience of Mass Death, 1914-194524. William H. Hagen: The Three Horsemen of the Holocaust: Antisemitism, East European Empire, Aryan Folk Community25. Sebastian Conrad and Philipp Ther: The Uprooted: Expulsion, Exile, Flight, Forced Labor, Expulsion, 1880-1948Part IV: Germany 1945-198926. Stefan Ludwig Hoffman: The Occupation of Germany, a Rubble Society27. Andrew I. Port: Democracy and Dictatorship in the Cold War: the Two Germanies, 1949-196128. Uta Poiger: Generations: The Revolution of the 1960s29. Donna Harsch: Industrialization, Mass Consumption, Postindustrial Society30. Benjamin Ziemann: Religion and the Search for Meaning, 1945-199031. Lutz Koepnik: Culture in the Shadow of Trauma?32. Andreas Daum: The Two German States in the International WorldPart V: Contemporary Germany33. David F. Patton: Annus Mirabilis: 1989 and German Unification34. Kiran Patel: Germany and European Integrations since 194535. William A. Barbieri, Jr.: Toward a Multicultural Society?Index

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"How else might we organize our thinking about the past? This question is particularly pressing at a time when many look to history for concrete answers and explanations: the media, the general public, school teachers and, last but not least, the students we teach. Oxford University Press havebeen at the forefront of responding to such demands for general answers by commissioning a series of new handbooks, which included, last year, a new Handbook on Modern German History, edited by Helmut Walser Smith." --German History