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- Publisher: Lecturable (16 Oct. 2012)
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- Language: English
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A Short History of Germany Kindle Edition
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If the book lacks something, it is an insight into the constitutional structure of the German Kingdom and the Holy Roman Empire. What exactly was the relationship between the King and the heads of various entities like duchies, margraviates, free cities, arch bishoprics etc. that made up the conglomeration called Germany. What was the extent of their financial, military, administrative and judicial autonomy vis-a-vis the King/Emperor? These questions remained unanswered after reading the book. Still, it is an enjoyable read. My major regret is that it ended at the Peace of Westphalia. I am now looking for an equally readable work that will take me from 1648 to 1945.
"Germany, from a great confused mass of warriors and thinkers and workers, militant at cross-purposes,
wearing themselves out in vain struggles, and preyed upon by malevolent neighbors, has become a great
power in arms, in art, in science, in literature; a fortress of high thought; a guardian of civilization; the
natural ally of every nation which seeks the better development of humanity."
~ Andrew Dickson White, noted American historian, educator and United States Ambassador to
This great book can be read free of charge at www(dot)archive(dot)org if you can't afford to buy it. Highly recommended.
I should note that I read this in the Kindle edition, and found it to be typeset with above-average quality for that genre. There was one major glitch in which a section about Bismark had been dropped in accidentally in a discussion of the 16th century, but aside from that, the conversion was well done.
I would recommend this to anyone who finds European history interesting, and would like a good introduction to the portion of that that occurred in German-speaking lands.
The book is well written, and is a great book to read. However, for one like me, who had no idea about German history, there was no anchor. I have studied history in school the more traditional way; with dates, places, maps etc. This was lacking in this book. The inter-connectedness of the nations and the huge influence of the papacy came as a surprise to me. There was a lot of space given to Martin Luther, but I completely missed the link between this, the kings / rulers, and how the boundaries of the various kingdoms changed over the centuries.
When did Germany really become a nation? This is something that is still a mystery to me at the end of the book