Beginning with the Congress of Vienna in 1814 and ending with the consequences of Germany and European unification in the 1990s, this book focuses on political history and traces the development of liberal parliamentary democracy in Germany and Austria through to the modern Federal Republic of Germany and the Second Austrian Republic. Each of the 12 chapters begins with a brief overview of the main developments in European history at the time. The emphasis within the chapters is on understanding the major developments, their causes and the relationships between them. The text provides details of key concepts and a flavour of the ideas developed. Each chapter also includes topics for disccusion.
Table of Contents
Germany before 1914; reform postponed - 1814-1871; imperial adventure - 1871-1918; Weimar - a scapegoat republic - 1918-1933; chaotic dictatorship and genocidal war - 1933-1945; parting of the ways - 1945-1949; rehabilitation, restoration and reform - West Germany 1949-1989; "Auferstanden aus Runien" - East Germany, 1949-1989; two into one - uniting Germany, 1969-2000.