Imperial Germany, 1871-1914: Economy, Society, Culture, and Politics

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Imperial Germany is a comprehensive history of German society in this period, providing a broad survey of its development. This volume is thematically organized and designed to give easy access to the major topics and issues of the Bismarckian and Wilhelmine eras. The statistical appendix contains a wide range of social , economic and political data. Written with the English-speaking student in mind, this book is widely used text for this period, incorporating as it does twenty years of further research on the German Empire since the appearance of Hans-Ulrich Wehlers classic work.

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Volker Berghahn is Seth Low Porfessor of History, Columbia University.

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...not a conventional political history but a comprehensive account of German society, alive to the conflict and contradictions in that society and attentive to broader social, economic, and cultural developments...He brings together new information and new data that had been available only in individual studies - on labor markets and cartels, industrial research and applied science; on social mobility, marriage patterns, generations and generational conflicts; on popular cultures, the press and the role of intellectuals, to mention but a few subjects. His analysis of what he terms losers in the development of German society is particularly instructive. An assessment of the role accorded women and the treatment of religious or ethnic minorities also him to judge Germanys ability to adapt to diversity, to see how the nation adjusted to modernity. -- New York Times Book Review

The publication of this book is a milestone in the historiography of the German Kaiserreich. It is that rare bird, an important and useful book both for teachers and scholars. First from the standpoint of its pedagogic value, those of us who teach the history of Germany in this period are well aware of a serious problem: there has been no up-to-date, accessible, synthetic text which we can assign our student...Berghahns volume fills this void in commendable fashion. Organized thematically rather chronologically, it deals in turn with the economy, society, culture, and politics. It is erudite and well written, ant it is filled with detail and biographical vignettes that successfully advance Berghahns thematic constructs... -- The Historian

Volker Berghahn has a long established reputation as one of the foremost experts on the Wilhelmine empire, and it is gratifying to have now a substantial treatment from him of Germany in that period, or at least until 1914... One emerges with the strong impressions of the society and culture, presented by an expert in the field... -- The Historical Association

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