With a careful blend of concision and rich detail, Sam A.
Mustafa's readable and lively text traces German history from Roman times to the present, placing particular emphasis on the past three centuries.
Balanced and clearly written, the book guides readers expertly through the complex tangle of Germany's past.
Mustafa provides a judicious mix of narrative history and historiography, tracing the influential individuals and broad social currents, myths and legends, and political and cultural elements that have shaped the country.
In addition, the book is unique in bringing the story fully to the present with a chapter on the past twenty-five years that explores the nation's reunification and its struggles with history and memory.
Generously illustrated with photos, artwork, and maps, the book also includes text boxes to allow readers to pause and consider key concepts in greater detail.
Each chapter offers a list of further suggested readings, with a mixture of classic and recent scholarship, to provide a range of coverage of important issues.