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German Home Towns: Community, State, and…

German Home Towns: Community, State, and General Estate, 1648-1871

by Mack Walker

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This book explains everything, and I mean everything, about the development of German towns. Despite the level of detail, the book remains interesting throughout. The explanations provided help readers to understand a lot about why Germany is the way it is today. In particular, the book provides a good discussion of how guilds evolved over the years.

The reasons I have not given the book five stars is that the subject itself is intrinsically boring. The book also requires a good knowledge of German geography and I found it necessary to consult external maps to be able to follow some parts of the book. ( )
  M_Clark | Feb 28, 2016 |
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"German Home Towns certainly illuminates habits of life in the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries which were as distinctively German as the peasant world of Grimm's Fairy Tales."-Times Literary SupplementOriginally published in 1971, German Home Towns has been out of print for many years. Cornell University Press is pleased to make this classic book available again for the first time in a paperback edition. "[German Home Towns] is a book of the first importance. . . . [It] is a compelling illustration of what can be achieved by historians who abandon over-cropped Prussia and Austria in favor of the still unexploited regions of the 'Third Germany.'"-English Historical Review"[This book] breaks important new ground. . . . Walker's model . . . provides a useful kind of framework for what should hopefully be the next stage of German urban history: a recognition, through comparison, of urban diversity and an appreciation of this diversity within the broader concept of cultural cohesiveness."-Comparative Studies in Society and History

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