Modern Germany : an encyclopedia of history, people, and culture, 1871-1990 /
editors, Dieter K. Buse, Juergen C. Doerr.
imprint
New York : Garland Pub., 1998.
description
2 v. (lii, 1158 p.) : ill., maps, ports. ; 29 cm.
ISBN
0815305036 (set : alk. paper)
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imprint
New York : Garland Pub., 1998.
isbn
0815305036 (set : alk. paper)
contents note
v. 1. A-K -- v. 2. L-Z.
catalogue key
1759583
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1998-09-01:
Distilling in encyclopedic form the essence of several German nation-states is a formidable undertaking. In Modern Germany, 400 contributors discuss 1,300 topics dealing with Germany, 1871-1990. Entries treat personalities, events, and institutions, as well as fields such as literature, music, art, religion, science, philosophy, economics, technology, society, and the media. Entries are treated at appropriate levels of detail and are accompanied by cross-references and a short bibliography. The entry choices are admirably conscientious and evenhanded, even when readers' preferences with regard to the inclusion or exclusion of particular entries may differ from the editors'. For example, Doris Dorrie and Marcel Reich-Ranicki would seem to merit their own entries, given the book's far-reaching cultural scope, and it seems inconsistent that Peter Handke would merit inclusion but not Thomas Bernhard, and the Vienna Circle and Ludwig Wittgenstein, but not Rudolf Carnap. A subject guide and the index are very useful. The volumes themselves are physically well made, and an aesthetically pleasing page design encourages browsing. Despite its cost, highly recommended for reference collections concerned with German studies. M. P. Olson Harvard University
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A handy English-language information resource Whether you are interested in the first unification of the Germanic states in 1871, the present-day reunified Germany, the Weimar Republic, or the third Reich, here is the first English-language quick-reference guide on this major European power. The Encyclopedia covers every major aspect of German culture and society for the past century. Its broad spectrum of information is presented in entries that range from essays to brief paragraphs and encompass subjects from Konrad Adenauer to Helene Weber, from zoological gardens to aeronautics, from poetry to policing, and much more. Covers the post-Berlin wall era The majority of the articles not only provide a historical background, but also bring their subjects into the post-Berlin Wall era, surveying such components of the German political system as federalism, the office of the Chancellor, and political parties. TheEncyclopediaalso features articles on the demise of the GermanDemocratic Republic and the subsequent reunification of the two postwar German states. It analyzes the political relationship between Germany and the other European powers, Germany's membership in the European community, its relations with the United States and many other contemporary political concerns. Clearly, theEncyclopediais an excellent source of information for students and a refresher and bibliography resource for specialists.
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Whether you are interested in the first unification of the Germanic states in 1871, the present-day reunified Germany, the Weimar Republic, or the Third Reich, here is the first English-language quick-reference guide on this major European power. The Encyclopedia covers every major aspect of German culture and society for the past century. Its broad spectrum of information is presented in entries that range from essays to brief paragraphs and encompass subjects from Konrad Adenauer to Helene Weber, from zoological gardens to aeronautics, from poetry to policing, and much more.Covers the Post-Berlin Wall eraThe majority of the articles not only provide a historical background, but also bring their subject into the post-Berlin Wall era, surveying such components of the German political system as federalism, the office of the Chancellor, and political parties. The Encyclopedia also features articles on the demise of the German Democratic Republic and the subsequent reunification of the two postwar German,states. It analyzes the political relationship between Germany and the other European powers, Germany's membership in the European Community, its relations with the United States and many other contemporary political concerns. Clearly, the Encyclopedia is an excellent source of information for students and a refresher and bibliography resource for specialists.

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