A Concise History of Germany, Paperback Book
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This book provides a clear and informative guide to the twists and turns of German history from the early middle ages to the present day.

The multi-faceted, problematic history of the German lands has provided a wide range of debates and differences of interpretation.

Mary Fulbrook provides a crisp synthesis of a vast array of historical material, and explores the interrelationships between social, political and cultural factors in the light of scholarly controversies.

First published in 1990, A Concise History of Germany appeared in an updated edition in 1992, and in a second edition in 2004.

It is the only single-volume history of Germany in English which offers a broad, general coverage.

It has become standard reading for all students of German, European studies and history, and is a useful guide to general readers, members of the business community and travellers to Germany.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 293 pages, 41 b/w illus. 13 maps
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9780521540711



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Just as the title says, this book presents a very short generalized history of Germany. Things are most confusing from the middle ages up through the 1800s, though this is because of the sheer fluctuation of the country, the lack of clear centralized government, and the constant changes going on, rather than a judgment on the author's capabilities. I also appreciated that Fulbrook attempted to stay neutral as possible, pointing out how easy it is to oversimplifications and stating various viewpoints on the matter as much as possible.

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More like an abridged history of Germany. I expect a concise history to be complete, just using as few words as possible. It could also be called a short history of modern Germany because coverage of the pre-modern era is weak. The chapters get progressively longer, and time periods shorter; far more drastic than the disclaimer in the preface led me to believe. It glosses over many details, some of which are important. On the other hand, chapters on the 20th century are an alphabet soup of acronyms for every little political party, which can be difficult to keep straight. Although much of the content is even-handed, the author's leftist bias is evident in many places. When she writes about politics and economics, she often makes judgments that assume her readers share her underlying biases. I don't, and found that a bit annoying. Finally, rather than being concise, the prose is rather dense. Finishing the book was a chore.

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