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Dark corners and micro-kingdoms,
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This review is from: Germania: A Personal History of Germans Ancient and Modern (Paperback)
I thought this was a terrific book - plenty of surprising detail, a delightful turn of phrase when describing the micro-kingdoms and strange turns of history, and a real insight into a country that has suffered from a recent bad press (I wonder why...) than just about any other. It's not a simple history book, but the wayward meanderings of somebody trying to piece together their own version of the tricky concept of Germanness from twenty or so years of almost geeky obsession with its dark corners and peculiarities.
With Germany rising again - at least in terms of it having to develop a leading role in international affairs, rather than simply subsuming itself into an EU identity while allowing others to lead, greater perspective on this strange and powerful place is very welcome.
I also interviewed the author for a New Books Network podcast - those wondering whether this is for them or not might want to check it out before buying.