This book provides an up-to-date and accessible guide to the diversity of current thinking about the German Empire, from unification in 1871 to collapse by the end of the First World War. It offers a historiographical overview, spanning more than a century of research and writing on the subject. Matthew Jefferies guides readers through the main schools of thought and approaches, and provides pointers for future developments in the field. The controversial historical reputations of Bismarck and Kaiser Wilhelm II are explored, as are varying perspectives on gender, cultural history, foreign relations, colonialism, and war.
Written in clear and concise language, Contesting The German Empire reflects the wide range of opinions on Imperial Germany held by historians today.
- Contesting the Past
- Verlag: Blackwell Publishers; Wiley-Blackwell
- Seitenzahl: 250
- Erscheinungstermin: 21. Dezember 2007
- Abmessung: 229mm x 152mm x 13mm
- Gewicht: 375g
- ISBN-13: 9781405129978
- ISBN-10: 1405129972
- Artikelnr.: 23015483
1. The German Empire and its historians
2. Great Men? Bismarck and Kaiser Wilhelm II
3. 'Democracy in the undemocratic state?'
4. 'Familiar features in an unfamiliar light' Social and cultural perspectives
5. The Kaiserreich transnational? Germany, colonialism, and the First World War
- Epilogue: Remembering Imperial German