'There are no weak links. All of the essays are marked by sound academic instincts and an understanding that the essays must be accessible. Both volumes (19th & 20th Century Germany) should be de rigeur for our students.' History
Germany played a key role in twentieth-century history but not of course always a beneficient one. This account opens in 1918, at the end of four years of bloody warfare, incipient revolution in Germany, and determination on the part of the Allies to neutralise Germany and make her pay. Since the German army was on the ropes but not on the floor, neutralisation failed; and in the end, after the embitterment of the international relations, reparations were effectively dropped. Another world war - this time a war of racial annihilation - eventually led to Germany's emasculation and occupation; until of course the exigencies of another, colder war urged both the Allies and the Soviets to readmit their respective Germanies to the world community. The end of the Cold War provided the opportunity for Germany's reunification and she stands once again as the dominant state in Europe. "Twentieth-Century Germany" provides an excellent introduction to the course of German history in the period, focusing on central issues of interpretation and reporting the work of key scholars in the field.