A History of Modern Germany 1800 - 2000 - download pdf or read online

By Martin Kitchen

ISBN-10: 1405100400

ISBN-13: 9781405100403

ISBN-10: 1405100419

ISBN-13: 9781405100410

This enticing textbook presents a huge survey of recent German heritage from 1800-2000, and situates Germany’s fragmented earlier inside its complete context. Kitchen:

  • Provides readers an extended view of German historical past, letting them see continuities and alterations
  • Covers the unification of Germany, the German Empire, the Weimar Republic, the 3rd Reich, the Federal Republic, the cave in of Communism, and the re-unification
  • Examines cultural background in addition to political and monetary heritage
  • Includes insurance of local background instead of targeting the dominant position of Prussia

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In Württemberg pietism was similarly outlawed as a pernicious form of mysticism. But at least full religious equality was recognized in these states, and the often excessive struggle against religious enthusiasm was matched with an admirable degree of interdenominational tolerance. In Bavaria, Württemberg, and Baden the first priority was the ordering and organization of the new territories, the abolition of local privileges and exemptions, and the tightening of central control. Given the heavy burden of debt that rested on all of the states in the Confederation of the Rhine a fundamental reform of the fiscal system was essential.

On December 30 the Prussian General Yorck signed the Convention of Tauroggen with the Russians by which the troops under his command no longer accepted orders from the French. Yorck, an ultraconservative opponent of reform, was a glowing patriot. He had acted without the knowledge of the king and with the intent of joining the Russians to drive the French out of Germany. Frederick William III was outraged at this act of mutinous insubordination and cashiered the general. Yorck took no notice and cooperated with Stein in recruiting soldiers in East Prussia to fight the French.

Were that not the case, it would be nothing more than a contractual arrangement which would not enable the individual the means of moral selfrealization and the transcendence of the self by identification with a higher ethic. The notion of the state as the highest ethical being was thus combined with the notion of the Volk as a unique cultural entity and was dangerously intoxicating. When combined with later notions, such as Social Darwinism, it could become lethal. 2 German Society in Transition: 1800–70 Germany shared in the dramatic Europe-wide population expansion which began in the latter part of the eighteenth century.

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