Category: Germany

A Brief History of Germany (Brief History Of... (Checkmark Books))

By Jason Philip Coy

The tale of Germany, a key participant in worldwide diplomatic and monetary affairs, is essential to our knowing of worldwide historical past and the modern global. protecting greater than 2,000 years of heritage, a quick heritage of Germany offers a concise account of the occasions, humans, and certain customs and traditions that experience formed Germany from precedent days to the current. uncomplicated proof, a chronology, a bibliography, and an inventory of urged readings around out this insightful and finished source.

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Überwachtes Deutschland: Post- und Telefonüberwachung in der alten Bundesrepublik

By Josef Foschepoth

Postzensur und Telefon- und Internetüberwachung sind Kennzeichen autoritärer Staaten und Diktaturen. Der NSA-Abhörskandal beweist jedoch, dass auch in westlichen Demokratien großflächig abgehört und spioniert wird. Die Grundlagen für die Spionage der united states auf deutschem Boden bestehen bereits seit den 1950er-Jahren. Massenweise Postsendungen wurden geöffnet, beschlagnahmt und vernichtet, allein a hundred Millionen aus der DDR. Josef Foschepoth zeigt: Die Bundesrepublik battle ein straff organisierter und effizient arbeitender Überwachungsstaat. Dieses Buch ist nicht nur die erste wissenschaftlich fundierte Geschichte der Überwachung des publish- und Telefonverkehrs in der alten Bundesrepublik, es liefert auch die historischen Hintergründe des aktuellen Geheimdienst-Skandals.

Millionen und Abermillionen Postsendungen wurden Jahr für Jahr ausgewertet und teilweise vernichtet. Millionen und Abermillionen Telefonate wurden abgehört – von und im Auftrag der ehemaligen Besatzungsmächte, aber auch von den Westdeutschen selbst. Nahezu alle eingehende submit aus der DDR und massenweise Briefe und Pakete aus anderen osteuropäischen und kommunistischen Staaten wurden angehalten und zensiert. Die Telefon-, Fernschreib- und Telegrafenleitungen zwischen der DDR und der Bundesrepublik, in die übrigen osteuropäischen Staaten sowie ins westliche Ausland wurden systematisch überwacht und abgehört. Die alte Bundesrepublik zwischen 1949 und 1989 warfare ein großer, effizienter und effektiver Überwachungsstaat.

Das Buch liefert neue Erkenntnisse aufgrund einer umfassenden und intensiven Auswertung von bislang nicht erforschten, zumeist unzugänglichen und vielfach noch als geheim eingestuften Akten der Bundesregierung und der ehemaligen Besatzungsmächte united states und Großbritannien. Es wird deutlich: Die Geschichte der Bundesrepublik ist noch nicht geschrieben.

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Not I: Memoirs of a German Childhood

By Joachim C. Fest

One of the New York instances Books Review's 100 extraordinary Books of 2014!

A portrait of an intellectually rigorous German loved ones antagonistic to the Nazis and the way its participants suffered for his or her political stance

Few writers have deepened our figuring out of the 3rd Reich up to German historian, biographer, journalist, and critic Joachim Fest. His biography of Adolf Hitler has reached thousands of readers round the international. Born in 1926, Fest skilled firsthand the increase of the Nazis, the second one international battle, and a catastrophically defeated Germany, hence changing into an important witness to those tricky years.

In this memoir of his adolescence and early life, Fest bargains a far-reaching view of ways he skilled the warfare and nationwide Socialism. real to the German Bildung tradition, Fest grows up immersed within the works of Goethe, Schiller, Mörike, Rilke, Kleist, Mozart, and Beethoven. His father, a conservative Catholic instructor, opposes the Nazi regime and hence loses his activity and prestige. Fest is compelled to maneuver to a boarding college within the geographical region that he despises, and in his attempt to come back to phrases with his father’s powerful political convictions, he embarks on a tireless quest for wisdom and ethical integrity that may form the remainder of his lifestyles and writing occupation.

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A History of Germany 1918 - 2008: The Divided Nation

By Mary Fulbrook

The 3rd version of A historical past of Germany lines the dramatic social, cultural, and political tensions in Germany seeing that 1918.

  • Offers a persuasive interpretation of the dynamics of twentieth-century German history
  • Treats German background from 1918-2008 from the point of view of department and reunification, masking East and West German historical past in equivalent depth
  • Covers the self-destructive Weimar Republic, the extremes of genocide and armed forces aggression within the Nazi period, the department of the state within the chilly conflict, and the cave in of communist East Germany and unification in 1990
  • New variation comprises updates all through, specifically masking the Nazi interval and the Holocaust; a brand new bankruptcy on Germany because the Nineteen Nineties; and a considerably revised and up-to-date bibliography

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We Men Who Feel Most German: A Cultural Study of the Pan-German League, 1886-1914

By Roger Chickering

The Pan-German League used to be the main radical of all of the patriotic societies in Imperial Germany, the main ferocious voice of German nationalism. Its application sincerely expected that of the Nazis in calling for German enlargement at the eu continent and in a foreign country, in branding Jews as participants of an inferior but risky race, and in advocating a German nationwide group within which inner antagonisms of no matter what personality could dissolve. This learn provides the 1st systematic research of the cultural resources of this organization's allure and effect in Imperial Germany. It makes a speciality of the symbolic dimensions of the Pan-German League's literature and actions, in an try to clarify the striking allure of the League's competitive ideology to sure pick out social teams. The examine examines, additionally, the connection among the League and different patriotic societies in Imperial Germany; and it analyzes the approaches during which the association succeeded, at the eve of the 1st international conflict, in mobilizing a wide 'national competition' to the German executive. The learn attracts on thoughts from psychology and anthropology, and its documentary origin contains archival fabric in either East and West Germany

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In Zeiten des abnehmenden Lichts

By Eugen Ruge

Von den fünfziger Jahren über das Wendejahr 89 bis zum Beginn des neuen Jahrtausends reicht dieser Roman einer Familie. Im Mittelpunkt drei Generationen: Die Großeltern, noch überzeugte Kommunisten, kehren aus dem mexikanischen Exil in die junge DDR heim, um dort ihren Anteil am Aufbau der neuen Republik zu leisten. Ihr Sohn, als junger Mann nach Moskau emigriert und später in ein sibirisches Lager verschleppt, tritt die Reise vom anderen Ende der Welt, dem Ural, an. Er kehrt mit seiner russischen Frau zurück in eine Kleinbürgerrepublik, an deren Veränderbarkeit er weiterhin glauben will. Dem Enkel wird die Wahlheimat von Eltern und Großeltern indes zusehends zu eng - bis er, ausgerechnet am neunzigsten Geburtstag des Patriarchen, in den Westen geht. Die Strahlkraft der politischen Utopie scheint sich von new release zu new release zu verdunkeln: Es ist die Zeit des abnehmenden Lichts.

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Germany and the Holy Roman Empire, Volume 1: Maximilian I to the Peace of Westphalia, 1490-1648

By Joachim Whaley

Germany and the Holy Roman Empire bargains a brand new interpretation of the advance of German-speaking vital Europe and the Holy Roman Empire or German Reich, from the nice reforms of 1495-1500 to its dissolution in 1806 after the turmoil of the French innovative and Napoleonic Wars. Going opposed to the thought that this used to be a protracted interval of decline, Joachim Whaley indicates how imperial associations constructed in line with the crises of the 16th and 17th centuries, particularly the Reformation and Thirty Years struggle, and assesses the impression of foreign advancements at the Reich. valuable issues are the stress among Habsburg aspirations to create a German monarchy and the need of the German princes and towns to keep up their conventional rights, and the way the Reich built the features of a kingdom in this interval.

The first single-author account of German historical past from the Reformation to the early 19th century on the grounds that Hajo Holborn's research written within the Nineteen Fifties, it additionally illuminates the advance of the German territories subordinate to the Reich. Whaley explores the results of the Reformation and next non secular reform routine, either Protestant and Catholic, and the Enlightenment for the govt of either secular and ecclesiastical principalities, the minor territories of counts and knights and the towns. The Reich and the territories shaped a coherent and possible process and, as a polity, the Reich constructed its personal unique political tradition and traditions of German patriotism over the early smooth period.

Whaley explains the advance of the Holy Roman Empire as an early smooth polity and illuminates the evolution of the different hundred German territories inside it. He supplies a wealthy account of subject matters reminiscent of the Reformation, the Thirty Years battle, Pietism and baroque Catholicism, the Aufklarung or German Enlightenment and the impression at the Empire and its territories of the French Revolution and Napoleon. It contains attention of language, cultural elements and non secular and highbrow activities. Germany and the Holy Roman Empire engages with all of the significant debates between either German and English-speaking historians approximately early smooth German background over the past sixty years and provides a impressive new interpretation of this significant period.

Volume I extends from the past due 15th century via to the Thirty Years warfare.

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Berlin Games: How the Nazis Stole the Olympic Dream

By Guy Walters

IN 1936, Adolf Hitler welcomed the realm to Berlin to wait the Olympic video games. It promised to be not just a powerful wearing occasion but additionally a grand show off for the rebuilt Germany. No attempt was once spared to give the 3rd Reich because the most recent worldwide strength. yet underneath the glittering floor, the video games of the 11th Olympiad of the fashionable period got here to behave as a crucible for the darkish political forces that have been amassing, foreshadowing the bloody clash to come back.

The 1936 Olympics have been not anything below the main political carrying occasion of the final century—an epic conflict among proponents of barbarism and people of civilization, either one of whom attempted to take advantage of the video games to advertise their very own values. Berlin Games is the full background of these fateful weeks in August. it's a tale of the athletes and their accomplishments, an eye-opening account of the Nazi machine's brazen try to use the video games as a version of Aryan superiority and fascist potency, and a devastating indictment of the manipulative strength video games of politicians, diplomats, and Olympic officers that may eventually have profound effects for the total global.

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Me and Kaminski: A Novel

By Daniel Kehlmann

From the across the world best-selling writer Daniel Kehlmann, a provocative and wickedly humorous novel approximately unpredictable men–one an artist and the opposite a journalist, who jointly embark on an unforeseen event with uproarious effects.

Sebastian Zollner’s failure as a journalist is matched purely via his own mess ups: his female friend is relocating in a brand new lover prior to Sebastian even is aware he’s been dumped. looking for the holiday that might redeem him within the eyes of his friends, he heads off on a wild goose chase into the mountains to interview the eccentric, mythical painter Manuel Kaminski, with the desire of writing his biography.

Kaminski goes blind and resides in seclusion together with his daughter. He can be engaged on his subsequent masterpiece or easing into his ultimate days, and his inconsistent occupation increases the query of no matter if he has been a fraud or a genius. His creative acceptance hinges on any variety of components yet such a lot prominently on a definitive biography. input Zollner–who has no purpose of writing a gasp piece. He’s out to dig airborne dirt and dust and to strength Kaminski to confront the legacy of his paintings. however the secrets and techniques he uncovers will lead Kaminski, and Zollner himself, to areas neither of them ever anticipated to go.

With edgy wit and intelligence, Daniel Kehlmann dives into the issues of what's “truth” in our celebrity-crazed occasions and embraces the strength and humanity that lie underneath the pretensions of the artwork and journalistic worlds. A firecracker of a singular.

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