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A Mighty Fortress: A New History of the German People

by Steven Ozment

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    Germany: A New History by Hagen Schulze (yapete)
    yapete: If you want to have a good overview of German history, Schulze's book is better.
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A disappointment. Not much here. ( )
  JVioland | Jul 14, 2014 |
Chapter 7 especially well describes the evolution of German thought: from the dualistic view of man implicit in Luther's dilemma through the "classical" discussion of the duality of may raided in "Dr. Faust", continuing through the German Idealists Kant, then Hegel, then Feuerbach's criticism of individualism in Christian thought described in "The Essence of Christianity," on to Marx's more harsh (and politicized) condemnation of individualism, the underlying premise of Christianity, whose ultimate end is property and the depersonalization of mankind. Similar currents in philosophy regarding the inclusion of God into man's mind...essentially making God a construction of man, even Luther's intimation that the mind open to God will hear God, used to justify the premise that God is a mental construct. Finally the apotheosis a la Nietsche, of a Superman. Culturally, analogous to the super Volk.

Summarizing the people: "A historically informed, mature German polity will likely be more limiting of freedom than are the egalitarian democracies of France and the United States, which have arguable forgotten how to discipline freedom and consequently lost control of the individual. In the evolution of Rousseau's and Robispierre's France, and Jefferson's and Emerson's America, individual freedom appears to have become a right of self-absorption, threatening the citizen's responsibility to the public sphere and the believer's obligation to God. The Germans do not believe that true freedom must be untidy, or that a free people have the right to run amok. The new German democracy will likely tolerate more radical, but shorter-lived, dissent and resistance to the state. To the extent that the waning of authority and order has become more problematic to the world's older democracies than the expansion offreesom and equality, the new German democracy may offer a solution for liberal democracy's modern ills."
  ddonahue | Jun 28, 2014 |
history of the German peoples from Roman times to the present; rather patchy in content and quality; skips huge chunks of time; very superficial on some subjects, while detailed and articulate on others
  FKarr | Apr 6, 2013 |
One of the best surveys of German history and contains interesting details and compelling prose. Ozment writes in a lively, engaging style and manages to find insights throughout German history. If you are reading one general survey text this should be high on your list.
  gmicksmith | May 11, 2012 |
Good general history of the German people. Suitable as a survey, but lacking in details. ( )
  GeoKaras | Oct 10, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060934832, Paperback)

The word "German" was being used by the Romans as early as the mid–first century B.C. to describe tribes in the eastern Rhine valley. Nearly two thousand years later, the richness and complexity of German history have faded beneath the long shadow of the country's darkest hour in World War II. Now, award-winning historian Steven Ozment, whom The New Yorker has hailed as "a splendidly readable scholar," gives us the fullest portrait possible in this sweeping, original, and provocative history of the German people, from antiquity to the present, holding a mirror up to an entire civilization -- one that has been alternately Western Europe's most successful and most perilous.

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Providing a complete portrait of the country and the people who have shaped it, this history of Germany begins during the days of the Roman Empire, tracing notable events and significant figures right up to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the unification of East and West.… (more)

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