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The Mixed Multitude: Jacob Frank and the Frankist Movement, 1755-1816 (Jewish Culture & Contexts)
The Mixed Multitude: Jacob Frank and the Frankist Movement, 1755-1816 (Jewish Culture & Contexts)
by Pawel Maciejko
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.51

4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 18 Dec. 2015
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4.0 out of 5 stars very good value, 8 Dec. 2014
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Forgotten Land: Journeys Among the Ghosts of East Prussia
Forgotten Land: Journeys Among the Ghosts of East Prussia
by Max Egremont
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.94

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Best Forgotten Land, 3 Nov. 2013
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This readable book makes no claim to be objective - it isn't - and few claims as to historical objectivity.This book is a lament for the lost world of [East] Prussia and especially for the rural and forest culture which existed there for hundreds if not thousands of years which were largely swept away with the liberation of Prussia by the Red Army in 1945.

Mr Egremont does this with a series of vignettes of interesting people of Prussian origin whose stories [presumably chosen as typical] are the vehicle for depiction of the 'forgotten world' of Prussia. Except that these people are anything but typical. This might not matter because many of them are interesting but for the fact that this feeds the dubious myth the author is spinning.

It is not true - as Mr Egremont would have us believe - that the bulk of Prussians were hostile or at least indifferent to Hitler. The support of Prussia was a significant factor from the Nazi assumpmtion of power in 1933 up to the end. It is untrue, as the book repeatedly implies, that Protestant Chritianity in Prussia was notably humane in the face of Nazi bruatlity. Prussian Anti-semitism and Anti-Catholicism were fully endorsed and indeed propageted through the Hitler-embracing Prussian Protestant Churches. These errors are more dangerous, and hence more obnoxious, than the more obvious ones such as printing a map of post 1919 Prussia from which several significant places had already been detached or mistaking the date of the Reichskristalnacht. By focussing on Koenigsberg Mr Egremont convieniently ignores the total destruction of dozens of Jewish communities throughout Prussia as well as the obliteration of every trace of them including their ancient cemeteries - by the Germans not the Russians or the Poles.

Obviously the period of the Russian conquest of 1944/45 will always be regarded as a trauma and with a sense of profound loss by the ethnic German population which fled or was expelled to make way for the new Poland and the newly annexed portions of Russia that replaced Prussia. Indeed the author is right that the German culture of those Eastern areas is gone forever. The question - which the author unsuccessfully addresses - is whether this is really much loss to mankind. He clearly thinks it is. He arrives at this conclusion firstly by describing what he understands to have been uniquely or specially Prussian. No harm in that. But to get there he inevitably plays down two significant and very unpleasant facts - namely that Prussian militaristic expansionism gave us the German Reich, the First World War as well as the enthusiasm for Hitler's War and - not less significantly - the shocking extent of the support - both active and passive - German Prussians gave the Nazis at least until the war started to go badly from 1944 onwards.

This book evokes a Prussia idealised by playing down [not ignoring - that would be too blatant] the really repulsive aspects of Prussia's past and focussing on the ancient rural culture and, to a leser extent, the high culture of the ancient university city of Koenigsberg. Even ignoring the author's biased treatment of Modern Prussia, a little more historical perspective would have meant that significant aspects such as the impact of the Hanseatic towns like Danzig and Elbing as well as the rise and fall of the Teutonic Knights might have received some serious attention.

As it is there is still room for a serious book on the rise and fall of Prussia. Perhaps this little work might merit a place in its bibiliography.
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The Holy Roman Empire, 1495-1806 (Studies in European History)
The Holy Roman Empire, 1495-1806 (Studies in European History)
by Peter H. Wilson
Edition: Paperback

10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too Little, Too Late, 4 Jan. 2013
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The title of this book is grossly misleading. It is NOT as the title indicates a history of the Holy Roman Empire 1495-1806. It is in fact a very concise essay breifly sketching major issues of debate between historians or schools of historians in this area. As such it is not a bad book. However to market it as a work covering the history of that period [as indeed it is marketted] is not far short of fraud.
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The Making of Europe: Conquest, Colonization and Cultural Change 950 - 1350
The Making of Europe: Conquest, Colonization and Cultural Change 950 - 1350
by Robert Bartlett
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too Short, 18 Mar. 2010
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This really is an outstandingly good book. Not only is it clearly expressed and easy to read but it manages to be comprehensive without superficiality. There is considerable detail although the central theme - the expansion of the Frankish Chrtistian West of Europe into the Barbarian North and East and the Muslim South and West as well as the Holy Land - is never lost. This is a book reflecting an enormous field of research condendsed into relatively few pages. Had the author continued for another chapter or two, I'm sure it would still not have been enough.

The book explains well the common culture and values [with interesting local variations] of the West. In this context several minor criticisms come to mind.Firstly the maps need to be expanded and increased in scope. The author too frequently assumes a knowledge of [ancient] geography that the reader may lack. Secondly readers new to the subject would certainly benefit from an expanded introduction explainig more of the explictly Northern, or rather Frankish, historical circumstances immediately prior to the book's point of commencement. If one knows little of Charlemagne's Empire and its achievements it is a little hard to follow the opening of the book. Lastly and perhaps most significantly, at the heart of the book there appears to be something of a Christological bias or at least presumption of cultural and inevitably ethical superiority. This is more than the frequent use of the words 'Barbarian'and 'Pagan'. The book seems constantly to assume some sort of inate superiority on the part of Northern European Christians to their Pagan neighbours. This needs further thought and discussion. The record of Christian Europe, at that time and subsequently, is of consistent savagery and philistinism of a very high order especially towards those of other cultures or religious traditions. This sense of superiority is thus somewhat misplaced.

Nevertheless the small criticisms are insignificant indeed by comparison with this fine book as a whole. I highly recommend it.
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The Frankfurt Judengasse: Jewish Life in an Early Modern German City
The Frankfurt Judengasse: Jewish Life in an Early Modern German City
by Fritz Backhaus
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Start, 17 Mar. 2010
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This grossly overpriced little book is by no means what the blurb or the cover suggests, namely a comprehensive history of the Frankfurt Judengasse. Nor is it even, as the subtitle indicates, a work describing 'Jewish life in an early modern german city'. Nor do any of the famous historians whose names appear on the cover actually contribute much to this book beyond a remarkably anodyne and platitudinous introduction. Indeed one is entitled to wonder why an introduction of almost three pages needed four authors.All of this is simply a crude sales pitch.
In fact this book is a collection of eleven academic papers [or in several cases not very elegantly written synopsese] loosely grouped around this potentially fascinating subject. There is little logical connection between them and in two cases - the two pieces on the Jew-hating "expert on Jewish affairs" Johann Jacob Schudt - one is entitled to wonder what they are doing here at all as they belong rather to the pre-history of Anti-Semitism.
Each essay should be considered alone. Nevertheless several of these pieces are outstanding. Prof. Fritz Backhaus' discussion of the population explosion in the Frankfurt Judengasse of the 16th century is a model of clarity. Similarly Wolfgang Treue's discussion of the Jewish and Christian Elites in Frankfurt is excellent. Perhaps the most thorough piece of research here is Geoffrey Goldberg's examination of continuity and change in the Frankfurt liturgical-musical customs which deserves wider disemination and further discussion.These three essays certainly justify the publication of the book.
In total this book represents a preliminary attempt to put serious German-Jewish History generally and that of this once most important centre of Jewish life particularly back on the map. As such it is welcome even if it is overpriced, misleadingly marketted, not well organised and slightly shoddily produced. Of course a comprehensive up to date history of the Frankfurt Judengasse in English still remains a dream to be fulfilled.


Microcosm: A Portrait of a Central European City
Microcosm: A Portrait of a Central European City
by Norman Davies
Edition: Paperback
Price: £20.00

4 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars propaganda as history, 23 Feb. 2010
This work is not a work of History but propaganda. As the authors state it was subsidised by the now Polish city of Wroclaw and reflects a particularly blatant version of the current Polish Revisionist "line" both regarding the history of the middle and latter part of the 20th century and earlier.
whilst it is a readable book it is further marred by numerous inaccuracies which appear to indicate heavy reliance on internet "research" and not properly digested secondary sources. Perhaps most disappointing of all in view of their significance to the subject, almost every reference to Jewish History is wildly incorrect and tendentious.
This was a truly valuable project that the authors have messed it up.


A History of Prussia.
A History of Prussia.
by H. W. Koch
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars from prussia with love, 23 Feb. 2010
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This review is from: A History of Prussia. (Paperback)
This solid and thorough work covers the subject reasonably well. Indeed some aspects are dealt with well for example Frederich The Great. However it suffers from several weaknesses. These include the occaisional lapses of the author's English style - his first language is obviously not English but German; his pro-Prussian hence anti-Polish, anti-French and even anti-Bavarian bias; his consistent refusal to deal adequately [or at all] with social history; his neglect of the role and hence the historical significance of minorities such as the Jews within Prussian History and most significantly of all his inadequate treatment of Prussian Militarism in the run up to either of the World Wars.
In this sense then the book is rather dated. I found the earlier chapters dealing with the pre-history of Prussia and the earlier period of Brandenburg-Prussia excellent.


Germany in the Later Middle Ages: 1200-1500 (1908)
Germany in the Later Middle Ages: 1200-1500 (1908)
by William Stubbs
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.79

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars what a waste, 11 Jan. 2010
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The title of this book suggests a detailed study of one of the most exciting and challenging periods of European history.
Unfortunately this book is a complete disappointment. It entirely lacks any of the things that make history books worth reading such as detail,analysis or even descriptions of intersting or important events. Instead it consists of pages of turgid generalisations and facts hinted at but neither stated nor explained.
Economic and Social history are entirely ignored and instead refence is made in peudo-learned style to other un-named works.
I cannot imagine why anyone thought to reprint this very poor work but under any circumstances it is a waste of time and money.


The Third Reich at War: How the Nazis Led Germany from Conquest to Disaster
The Third Reich at War: How the Nazis Led Germany from Conquest to Disaster
by Richard J. Evans
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.88

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The culmination of Barbarity, 29 Nov. 2009
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The Third Reich at War is the final volume of Professor Evan's magisterial account of the rise and fall of the Third Reich. This volume, which can be appreciated on its own,deals with the period from the outbreak of WWII in September 1939 up to the collapse of Germany in the Summer of 1945.It is not a chronological account of the war but rather a thematic description of the events of that period as they impacted on those within the Third Reich, Germans and non-Germans, leaders and ordinary people, victims and purpatrators.
Whilst avoiding the pitfalls of excessive repetition and detail, this book offers a comprehensive and very thorough description of the totality of the impact of Hitler's War. Specifically, it avoids several common errors such as the tendency to assume that the war was won by the Western Allies rather than lost by Hitler's attack on Russia or indeed the common tendency of British military historians to treat the Nazis' war on the Jews and other "subhumans" as entirely separate from their great military campaigns. This book constantly recognises the comprehensiveness of the Nazis' wish to entirely destroy their perceived enemies including their blood-thirstiness to their own people .
In creating a total picture the author has nonetheless retained great humanity and sensitivity to the individual human stories that contribute to the whole picture by referring often to diaries and other personal testimony. He also offers several insights that are genuinely new and thought-provoking such as his assessment of Speer and his contribution to the German war effort.Particularly interesting are Professor Evans' analysis of the passivity of the organised Christian Churches as well as his thorough and well nuanced description of the 20th of July 1944 plot against Hitler.
This book, in spite of its heavy subject, is written in a style both appropriate to the content and easy to read. I recommend it highly.


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