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  • The Shortest History of Germany

  • From Julius Caesar to Angela Merkel: A Retelling for Our Times
  • Geschrieben von: James Hawes
  • Gesprochen von: Matthew Lloyd Davies
  • Spieldauer: 6 Std. und 23 Min.
  • Kategorien: Geschichte, Europa
  • 4,2 out of 5 stars (27 Bewertungen)

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    2,000 years of history in one riveting afternoon

    A country both admired and feared, Germany has been the epicenter of world events time and again: the Reformation, both World Wars, the fall of the Berlin Wall. It did not emerge as a modern nation until 1871 - yet today, Germany is the world's fourth-largest economy and a standard-bearer of liberal democracy. 

    "There's no point studying the past unless it sheds some light on the present", writes James Hawes in this brilliantly concise history that has already captivated hundreds of thousands of readers and listeners. "It is time, now more than ever, for us all to understand the real history of Germany."

    ©2019 James Hawes (P)2019 Tantor

    Kritikerstimmen

    “An excellent little book . . . [Hawes] has a sense of humour, and a sharp eye for similarities between then and now.” (The Spectator)

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    Overall great with some reservations

    As a German, this book gave me a different view on my history. Although to me it seems little logical to explain today’s behaviour by the past. We’ve been scarcely conditioned by our history classes at school beyond the World Wars. To someone who’s been socialised in a different schooling system, this might not be obvious. Also: the speaker’s pronoun citation of German words made my ears bleed. Apart from those reservations: great book

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    Ummm....

    It is not easy to give a review of this book. On one side I found it intriguing, on the other side almost polemical. I think it is written with a slightly negative attitude towards the Germans. Not that I am German or would feel offended, but it paints quite a dark picture of the Prussians and especially what the author calls the "EastElbians". I am not sure if this dark picture is justified or not. One could say the book is thought provoking. I think the audio book would be bearable, but if one is able to understand German, the book's narrators attempt to speak German is grotesque and for a "history book" he over dramatizes his speech.

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    Concise and informative

    Informative, entertaining and concise history of Germany. Can serve as a good introduction. I enjoyed it. Although you might take offense if you live in East Elbia :).

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    Hawes in Germany

    What a remarkable achievement to cram so much history into such a short book. But Hawes has a thread that runs all the way through this book and it’s not one many other historians pick up on. Now I’ll be the print version