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The German Empire, 1870-1918

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In The German Empire, one of Europe's great historians and men of letters chronicles one of history's most fateful transformations--Germany's rise from new nation to prime mover in the chain of events that sent it hurtling into two world wars.
        
In 1871, Otto von Bismarck fused with "blood and iron" a motley collection of principalities, Free Cities, and bishoprics into one Reich. In England, Benjamin Disraeli observed that the world was witnessing "a greater political event than the French revolution of last century. . . . [T]here is not a diplomatic tradition which has not been swept away. . . . The balance of power has been entirely destroyed." Disraeli's powers of prophecy, in this as in much else, were formidable.

The Age of Bismarck saw Germany become the dynamo of Europe--its preeminent economic and military power, its scientific and educational nerve center, and a place of tremendous artistic ferment. But there would be no simple spell to return to their bottles the genies unleashed by these vast forces, and Michael Stürmer traces the convergence of people and events that sent Europe's fragile balance of power over the brink and into conflict. No war was fought for less purpose or with greater slaughter than the First World War which, in Michael Stürmer's assured hands, arrives as the next-to-last act of an epic drama all the more tragic for the blazing brilliance of its opening scenes. Though the drama's final horrible act, the Second World War, takes place offstage from The German Empire, it is impossible to understand its origins without the history Michael Stürmer tells here with such elegance and insight.

Synopsis:

A remarkably concise and vibrant account of one of the most fateful periods of world history, this book traces Germany's unification, its rise, and the path that would lead it and the world into the abyss of two world wars.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679640905
Author:
Sturmer, Michael
Publisher:
Modern Library
Author:
Various
Location:
New York
Subject:
History
Subject:
Europe - Germany
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
Renaissance
Edition Number:
Modern Library ed.
Edition Description:
Modern Library
Series:
Modern Library Chronicles
Series Volume:
034
Publication Date:
20030428
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
xxix, 154 p.
Dimensions:
7.60x4.93x.75 in. .64 lbs.

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The German Empire, 1870-1918
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Product details xxix, 154 p. pages Modern Library - English 9780679640905 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A remarkably concise and vibrant account of one of the most fateful periods of world history, this book traces Germany's unification, its rise, and the path that would lead it and the world into the abyss of two world wars.
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