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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1057 KB
  • Print Length: 554 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lecturable (16 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009SAQZIE
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8ee0eee8) out of 5 stars 13 reviews
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ece6a80) out of 5 stars A good treatment of German History 13 Aug. 2013
By Schand - Published on Amazon.com
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I have never been formally a student of History, but it fascinates me as an area of study. Over the last fifteen years or so I have read a lot of History, with special focus on History of Europe, as this is the area that has defined the modern world. The most confusing part of European history is the intertwined saga of Germany, the Holy Roman Empire and Italy. I purchased a kindle book on the Holy Roman Empire, but it proved to be disappointing, as it was published towards the end of the 19th century and its style was archaic. After that bad expeience I was hesitant about buying this book published in 1902 and the only reason I went ahead was the low price on Kindle. Fortunately, the book turned out to be eminently readable and informative. It clarified many doubts I had, and filled in a lot of grey areas in my mind. The style is not only readable, it is also entertaining. Treatment of serious matters is puncutated with intersting and humorous anecdotes with small interesting details that bring the period alive. For example Charlemagne was not only a great ruler, he was also a man for careful accounting - he is said even to have counted the eggs as they arrived for use in the palace. When talking of the severe discipline in the schools run by Benedictine monasteries, there is mention of the incident of the pupil who set fire to the school hoping to escape punishment, which mainly consisted of flogging. There is the tale of Hans Stortebeker whose last request was to pardon as many of his companions as his body might run past after the head was cut off. He had reached the fifth when the executioner, not pleased at losing so many victims, tripped his headless body.

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.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ece6eac) out of 5 stars The Classic from 1902 23 Jan. 2012
By History Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the classic history of Germany from 9 A.D. to 1871. from that great historian, Dr. E.F. Henderson. Written in 1902, before the two World Wars, who's outcomes have totally twisted the history of this great nation. This is history not written by "victors", must reading for anyone of European origin or anyone wanting to know the truth about the great nation of Germany and it's role in European history. Here's a quote from one of Henderson's fellow historians of the time...

"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
Germany -1905

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.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By K. Cooper - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed this book very much. I had seen some German history in the course of studying the language in college, but this treatment was far more lucid than those I had seen before. In fairness, perhaps I only say that because this was in English - I did not have to struggle with the language in addition to the events themselves. Nonetheless, I found that I came away with a much better feeling than I had before for the origins of Charles the Great and his position in history; for the overwhelming importance of the Reformation, and for the essentials of the Thirty Years War. It is true that, in the style of the 19th and early 20th century, the author does not dwell overmuch on dates, but this actually allows a cohesive story to be built up, instead of a confusing chronology. A few maps would have helped, but again, in 1902 that was not the norm.

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.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ece6fcc) out of 5 stars Entertaining But Confusing 20 Jan. 2013
By Rajiv Chopra - Published on Amazon.com
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On the one hand, I like the book. On the other hand, I find this to be completely confusing.
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
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ecea1e0) out of 5 stars Five Stars 7 July 2014
By Larry from Iowa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Very interesting book, offers a detailed history of the Holy Roman Empire, The church and western Europe.
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