Synopses & Reviews
The arduous path from the colorful diversity of the Holy Roman Empire to the Prussian-dominated German nation-state, Bismarck's German Empire of 1871, led through revolutions, wars and economic upheavals, but also through the cultural splendor of German Classicism and Romanticism. Hagen Schulze takes a fresh look at late eighteenth and nineteenth century German history, explaining it as the interaction of revolutionary forces from below and from above, of economics, politics, and culture. None of the results were predetermined, and yet their outcome was of momentous significance for all of Europe, if not the world.
"...Schulze provides a thoughtful analysis and an informative and useful volume....The translator is to be commended for a very readable history." Ernst C. Helmreich, History
The course of German nationalism provides students with a concise and accessible account of these tumultuous decades, supported by a chronology of events and full English-language bibliography.
Hagen Schulze takes a fresh look at late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century German history.
From the Holy Roman Empire to the Prussian-dominated nation-state of Bismarck's 1871 Empire, the path of German nationalism is traced through the flowering of Classicism and Romanticism as well as revolutions, war, and economic upheavals.
Table of Contents
List of maps; Chronological table; Introduction; Part I. Three Weeks in March: 1. The chronicle of the 1848 Berlin revolution; Part II. The German Nationalist Movement's Road to the Creation of the Reich: 2. The background: Europe's transformation from an agrarian society to a modern civilisation of the masses; 3. The rise of a national culture; 4. What has become of the German Fatherland?; 5. The nationalist movement's passage from an elitist to a mass phenomenon; 6. From Rhine Crisis to revolution; 7. 1848: the whole of Germany it shall be; 8. On the road to a national economy; 9. Speeches and majority decisions; 10. Blood and Iron; 11. Revolution from above and below; Part III. Documentary Appendix: Notes; Bibliography and source material; Notes to bibliography; A critical bibliography of works in English; Index.