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German history, 1770-1866 /
by James J. Sheehan.
imprint
Oxford [England] : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1991, c1989.
description
xvii, 969 p. : 3 maps ; 23 cm. --
ISBN
0198221207 :
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Oxford [England] : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1991, c1989.
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0198221207 :
catalogue key
2122099
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [919]-956) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1991-02:
With economy and insight, Sheehan covers the traditional topics of this hundred-year period of German history: enlightened absolutism, impact of the French Revolution, Napoleonic Wars, Prussian reforms, restoration, revolution, and movement toward unification. His text is enriched with telling anecdotes and is informed throughout by the concerns and methods of social history. Sheehan discusses all the major "thinkers and poets," but goes much further than previous works in explicating the social context of German cultural life. This is a mature and judicious work of synthesis that clearly presents the findings of the most recent German historiography without slighting the older literature. Sheehan's book in many ways supersedes Volume 2 of Hajo Holborn's classic A History of Modern Germany (3v.; v.2: CH, Mar'64; v.3: CH, Jan'70). Holborn, a refugee from Nazi Germany, made a sustained attempt to explain the years 1933-45 as one logical outcome of previous German history but Sheehan feels no such compulsion. His book is notably unjudgmental, evenhanded, and dispassionate. Well written, cogently argued, and thorough, it belongs in every library. -R. S. Levy, University of Illinois at Chicago
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'accomplished account, broadly cultural in sweep, meticulous in detail and sophisticated in argument'The Observer
"An impressive, powerfully argued book....As the Germans forge their new polity and the discussion of German national identity enters a new phase, those who seek to understand that process and the diverse trends and experiences that have shaped it over the past two centuries will find no better guide than James Sheehan's wise and masterly book."--The New York Times Book Review "Sheehan has produced what is by any account a magisterial exercise in historical reconceptualization."--American Historical Review "An outstanding piece of historical literature that may well remain the standard volume in the English language on this period of German history for several decades."--The Historian "Sure to be regarded as indispensable to students of German history. It has much to offer scholars in other fields as well, particularly those concerned with the genesis of modern nationalism."--International History Review "The only study in English to cover German history from 1770 to 1866....The dustcover calls it 'uniquely authoritative and indispensable.' And for once the dustcover does not overstate. All who teach university courses in German history should keep it close at hand for consultation when covering the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries."--History: Reviews of New Books
"An impressive, powerfully argued book...As the Germans forge their new polity and the discussion of German national identity enters a new phase, those who seek to understand that process and the diverse trends and experiences that have shaped it over the past two centuries will find no better guide than James Sheehan's wise and masterly book."--The New York Times Book Review "Sheehan has produced what is by any account a magisterial exercise in historical reconceptualization."--American Historical Review "An outstanding piece of historical literature that may well remain the standard volume in the English language on this period of German history for several decades."--The Historian "The only study in English to cover German history from 1770 to 1866....The dustcover calls it 'uniquely authoritative and indispensable.' And for once the dustcover does not overstate. All who teach university courses in German history should keep it close at hand for consultation when covering the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries."--History: Reviews of New Books "[An] important contribution....Will certainly become the standard account of German history from the end of the eighteenth century...until the Prussian victory over Austria at Koniggratz in 1866."--New York Review of Books
'monumental and deeply-impressive ... His text is remarkably well written, full of striking judgements and enlivened by frequent flashes of dry humour: it is extremely readable in a way that long books on German history have not always been.'Times Higher Education Supplement
'monumental history ... a worthy companion of Gordon A. Craig's Germany 1866-1945 (1978) it is the great virtue of Sheehan's volume thhat he isn't tempted to importune the reader with spurious anticipations of the hideous events to come'J.P. Stern, Observer
'Sheehan has produced what is by any account a magisterial exercise in historical reconceptualization ... one comes away from this book with a deep sense of admiration for a historian who has not been afraid to reshuffle the deck of historical cards long stacked by generations of kleindeutschhistorians.'James Van Horn Melton, Emory University, American Historical Review, December 1991
'The range and depth of his scholarship are tremendously impressive. Although the book is very long, it is a pleasure to read. Sheehan writes with elegance and clarity and enlivens his narrative with plenty of interesting detail and the occasional flash of scholarly wit. This is historicalwriting of the highest order. It deserves to be judged as such.'Times Literary Supplement
'There are many good things to be said about James J. Sheehan's German History 1770-1866. But the book's quality that comes to mind first is that it deals with the varieties of German history in a way that few other overall accounts do ... Gordon Craig's Germany 1866-1945 has found its worthycompanion volume, and if that is not praise, nothing is.'German Studies Review
'The strength of the book lies in its detailed research ... this is definitely a book to know and consult.'Anglo-German Review
'This book is sure to be regarded as indispensable to students of German history. It has much to offer scholars in other fields as well, particularly those concerned with the genesis of modern nationalism ... Sheehan's book is a kind of summing-up of the work of his own scholarly generation.His colleagues could hardly ask for a more worthy tribute.'Daniel Moran, University of Northern Colorado, The International History Review
'This is a big book with a big price, and worth every penny of it. It is the best volume to appear even in the very distinguished series of which it is a part. Besides being a model comprehensive account it is also a work of literature, to be read with pleasure as well as instruction ...No-one who is seriously interested in Germany should fail to read this book.'J.M. Roberts, History Today
'this is a sound and successful volume, full of meat, critical of established opinions and well written ... interesting volume.'History
'monumental and deeply-impressive ... His text is remarkably well written, full of striking judgements and enlivened by frequent flashes of dry humour: it is extremely readable in a way that long books on German history have not always been.'Times Higher Education Supplement'The range and depth of his scholarship are tremendously impressive. Although the book is very long, it is a pleasure to read. Sheehan writes with elegance and clarity and enlivens his narrative with plenty of interesting detail and the occasional flash of scholarly wit. This is historical writing of the highest order. It deserves to be judged as such.'Times Literary Supplement'this is a sound and successful volume, full of meat, critical of established opinions and well written ... interesting volume.'History'monumental history ... a worthy companion of Gordon A. Craig's Germany 1866-1945 (1978) it is the great virtue of Sheehan's volume thhat he isn't tempted to importune the reader with spurious anticipations of the hideous events to come'J.P. Stern, Observer'accomplished account, broadly cultural in sweep, meticulous in detail and sophisticated in argument'The Observer'The strength of the book lies in its detailed research ... this is definitely a book to know and consult.'Anglo-German Review'This is a big book with a big price, and worth every penny of it. It is the best volume to appear even in the very distinguished series of which it is a part. Besides being a model comprehensive account it is also a work of literature, to be read with pleasure as well as instruction ... No-one who is seriously interested in Germany should fail to read this book.'J.M. Roberts, History Today'There are many good things to be said about James J. Sheehan's German History 1770-1866. But the book's quality that comes to mind first is that it deals with the varieties of German history in a way that few other overall accounts do ... Gordon Craig's Germany 1866-1945 has found its worthy companion volume, and if that is not praise, nothing is.'German Studies Review'Sheehan has produced what is by any account a magisterial exercise in historical reconceptualization ... one comes away from this book with a deep sense of admiration for a historian who has not been afraid to reshuffle the deck of historical cards long stacked by generations of kleindeutsch historians.'James Van Horn Melton, Emory University, American Historical Review, December 1991'This book is sure to be regarded as indispensable to students of German history. It has much to offer scholars in other fields as well, particularly those concerned with the genesis of modern nationalism ... Sheehan's book is a kind of summing-up of the work of his own scholarly generation. His colleagues could hardly ask for a more worthy tribute.'Daniel Moran, University of Northern Colorado, The International History Review'German History 1770-1866 leads the reader on a remarkable journey through the social, cultural and political history of the people of the German nation.'The European Studies Journal, Volume IX, Number 1, Spring 1992'Every historian worth his salt should strive to produce such a book. Its length is its most immediately striking characteristic: 969 pages.'Panikos Panayi, History Today
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Summaries
Long Description
This volume in the Oxford History of Modern Europe is a comprehensive study of German history from 1770 to 1866. It examines the manner in which the development of bureaucratic and participatory institutions changed the character and capacities of governments throughout German Europe; the economic expansion in which the productivity of both agriculture and manufacturing increased, commercial activity intensified, and urban growth was encouraged; and the rising culture of print, which sustained new developments in literature, philosophy, and scholarship, and helped transform the rules and procedures of everyday life. These developments, it is argued, led to an erosion of the traditional values and institutions, and played an important part in the transformation of German politics, society, and culture. Rather than viewing the development of a Prussian-led Nation State as "natural" or inevitable, the book emphasizes alternative forces of unity and division which existed up until the Austro-Prussian War of 1866.
Long Description
This volume, in the Oxford History of Modern Europe series contains extensive accounts of social and cultural, as well as political developments in Germany from 1770-1866. Rather than viewing the creation of a Prussian-led Nation State, as 'natural' or inevitable, the book emphasizes alternative forces of unity and division which existed up until the Austro-Prussian War of 1866.
Main Description
The only study of the period available in English, giving an extensive account of the social, cultural, and political developments in German history up to the Austro-Prussian war of 1866.
Main Description
This is a uniquely authoritative study of German history between the mid-eighteenth century and the formation of the Bismarckian Reich. This is an extensive account of social and cultural, as well as political developments and shows that the creation of a Prussian-led nation-state should not be seen as 'natural' or inevitable.
Main Description
This volume, in the Oxford History of Modern Europe series contains extensive accounts of social and cultural, as well as political developments in Germany from 1770-1866. Rather than viewing the creation of a Prussian-led Nation State, as 'natural' or inevitable, the book emphasizesalternative forces of unity and division which existed up until the Austro-Prussian War of 1866.
Table of Contents
Introduction
Eighteenth-Century Background: Eighteenth-Century Politics
Eighteenth-Century Society
Eighteenth-Century Culture
Germans and the French Revolution, 1789-1815: Confrontation and Defeat
Mastering the Revolution
Culture in the Revolutionary Era
The Limits of Restoration, 1815-1848: Restoration Politics, 1815-1830
Growth and Stagnation in German Society
The Cultural Establishments and its Critics
The Growth of Participatory Politics, 1830-1838
Towards a New Order, 1848-1866: Revoltion and Reaction
Society in the Age of the Bnrgertum
Political Opportunities and Alternatives
Conclusion
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