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This review is from: The German Genius: Europe's Third Renaissance, the Second Scientific Revolution and the Twentieth Century (Paperback)
I'm lucky for a Brit in that,when I studied history at school and later university, I came to German history through as variety of angles-Bismark,Wilhelm II,First World War Weimar and the Third Reich up to the Cold War and the division of Germany post-1945. Younger people haven't been so lucky.Watson says in the introduction that he's sick of British peoples' ignorance of Germany (many Brits' knowledge of Germany relates solely to Hitler and National Socialism) that he felt bound to redress the balance.
He does this very well, but he approaches the subject on the basis of German speakers and language,not nationality-many of those he discusses would today be thought of as Austrian, Hungarian, Latvian and from a host of now-independent central and eastern European countries.
He does try to cram a lot in and some of the characters he discusses desrve,IMHO, a more detailed,considered approach. Still, for a British writer to,at long last, acknowledge that 1933-45 are not the be-all and end-all of German history is no mean feat.Bear in mind it's very long and you'll be absorbed in it for some time