Synopses & Reviews
Covering all major aspects of German history from the Weimar Republic through reunification, this new book offers a remarkably rich, insightful survey of a difficult and controversial subject. It integrates East German history more fully than any previous account, offering a precisely nuanced picture of life in the GDR and a compelling account of the roots of the 1989 revolution, and incorporates the latest research in social and economic history to deepen and vivify the political narrative. A unique advantage is its full, and fully accessible, examination of current historiographical debates in the field. Comprehensive, cogent, and judiciously balanced, The Divided Nation will become the standard reference on this important subject.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 385-394) and index.
Table of Contents
1. The Course of German History
PART ONE: A DIVIDED SOCIETY: THE WEIMAR REPUBLIC AND THE THIRD REICH
2. The Weimar Republic: origins and orientations, 1918-33
3. The Collapse of Democracy and the Rise of Hitler
4. A 'National Community'? State, economy and society, 1933-9
5. War, Extermination and Defeat
PART TWO: THE DIVIDED NATION: THE TWO GERMANIES, 1945-90
6. Occupation and Division, 1945-9
7. Crystallization and Consolidation, 1949-61
8. Transformation and the 'Established Phase', 1961-88
9. Diverging Societies
10. Politics and the State
11. Dissent and Oppostion
12. Diverging Cultures and National Identities?
13. The East German Revolution and the End of the Post-war Era
PART THREE: THE DIVIDED CENTURY
14. Tension and Transformation in Twentieth-century Germany