The text a compilation of several essays written by established scholars of german history is an excellent overview into the political social and intellectual history of germany from its unification under bismarck in 1871 to its defeat in the first world war in 1918. The german empire was founded in january 1871 not only on the basis of chancellor otto von bismarcks blood and iron policy but also with the support of liberal nationalists under bismarck and kaiser wilhelm ii germany became the dynamo of europe its economic and military power were pre eminent . Imperial germany 1871 1918 the short oxford history of germany james retallack editor opinion modern confident to the point of arrogance divided by class and graceless in its tragic demise this is how contemporaries described the titanic as it sank to the ocean floor on the night of april 14 1912it is also james retallacks metaphor for imperial germany which he sees as a . Imperial germany 1871 1918 short oxford history of germany review william mulligan 1871 1918 short oxford history of germany oxford university press xvi 328 us10000 a second important development is that the history of imperial germany is no longer read as the precursor to the third reich. Germanys imperial era 1871 1918 continues to attract both scholars and the general public alike the american historian roger chickering has referred to the historiography on the kaiserreich as an extraordinary body of historical scholarship whose quality and diversity stands comparison with that of any other episode in european history
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