The Shortest History of Germany

The Shortest History of Germany takes us on an unforgettable grand tour of what really matters in German history: the shattering defeat of Rome in 9BC; the terror of Atilla the Hun; the wild rides of the Teutonic Knights; the ISIS-like insanities of the Peasants Revolt; the stunning barbarities of the Thirty Years' War; cultural subjugation to France and the rise of that "army with a state", Prussia; the Wars of Unification under Bismarck; the dark birth of modern German antisemitism; the heady economic and naval rise of William II's Empire; and the vast unfolding tragedy of European history from 1871-1945, in which one single, mighty question decided the lives and deaths of a hundred million people: was it the Germans or the Russians who were going to dominate Middle Europe?
The story will be taken right up to the minute, to a Europe where the German economy (written off scarcely a decade ago, lest we forget, by Atlanticists and Globalizers as sclerotic and unmodernisable) is the economy. In this new Europe, the Germans are cordially loathed by millions of people and politicians to their South and West. But other people are queueing round the block to learn German, and land German investment - in Prague, Bratislava and Warsaw. And of course, thousands of refugees are arriving every month, to rebuild their lives and change the face of Germany and Europe forever.

As an infant, James Hawes was often pushed in his pram by the sister of the great German historian and newspaper-editor, Joachim C. Fest; he read German at Oxford, then did a PhD in German at UCL, where his mother had also read German. He is married to a Prussian aristocrat whose family lands were so far east they are now, unfortunately, in Russia. He has published a biography of Kafka ("Absolutely brilliant and utterly infuriating" - Guardian) and "Englanders & Huns", the real story of the fatal Anglo-German antagonism ("full of enlightening surprises" - The Times). In May-August 2015 the Bonn City Museum hosted a major exhibition based on his rediscovery of the tale of how Queen Victoria's cook was slain by Bismarck's future son-in-law designate in Bonn in 1865.
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Einband gebundene Ausgabe
Seitenzahl 160
Erscheinungsdatum 28.04.2017
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-910400-41-8
Verlag Old Street Publishing
Maße (L/B/H) 22,6/14,4/2,7 cm
Gewicht 364 g
Abbildungen 30 b/w illustrations
Buch (gebundene Ausgabe, Englisch)
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