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Germany and the Confessional Divide

Author : Mark Edward Ruff
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From German unification in 1871 through the early 1960s, confessional tensions between Catholics and Protestants were a source of deep division in German society. Engaging this period of historic strife, Germany and the Confessional Divide focuses on three traumatic episodes: the Kulturkampf waged against the Catholic Church in the 1870s, the collapse of the Hohenzollern monarchy and state-supported Protestantism after World War I, and the Nazi persecution of the churches. It argues that memories of these traumatic experiences regularly reignited confessional tensions. Only as German society became increasingly secular did these memories fade and tensions ease.

Ecumenism Memory and German Nationalism 1817 1917

Author : Stan M. Landry
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Explores the relationship among the German confessional divide, collective memories of religion, and the construction of German national identity and difference. It argues that nineteenth-century proponents of church unity used and abused memories of Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation to espouse German religious unity, which would then serve as a catalyst for German national unification.

Death of a Nation A New History of Germany

Author : Stephen R A'Barrow
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Death of a Nation is an engrossing, meticulously researched history of Germany from 105 BC to the present day, vividly illustrating the rich and complex past of a nation that is so often defined by the events of World War Two. The author, Stephen R A Barrow, spent twenty years researching, travelling and writing to compile this account of the country's varied and fascinating history. As a result, he proves that Germany's past has so much more of interest than simply the twelve years of domination by Hitler and National Socialism. The book opens with the battles of the Roman Empire in the first century BC; the role of the Holy Roman Empire in the Crusades; German settlement across Central and Eastern Europe and the Thirty Years War. The author goes on to address the militarist stereotype of Prussia; Prussia and Germany's rise to shatter the European balance of power; the causes and consequences of the wars initiated by Germany and how they shaped the modern world. One of the most important themes is the frequently overlooked question of the treatment of German civilians during the last days of World War Two and the immediate aftermath. Illuminating and authoritative, Death of a Nation seeks to provide an accurate understanding of German and European history, and how it affects the world we live in today.

The Ashgate Research Companion to Imperial Germany

Author : Professor Matthew Jefferies
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This companion is a significant addition to the body of scholarship on Germany’s imperial era with the emphasis very much on the present and future. Questions of continuity remain a vital line of historical enquiry and while it may have been short-lived, the Kaiserreich remains central to modern German and European history. The collection will provide a lively take on this fascinating period of history, from Germany’s unification in 1871 until the end of World War I.

Nationalprotestantische Mentalit ten

Author : Manfred Gailus
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English summary: The sixteen contributions in this volume discuss crucial aspects of Protestant involvement in national politics, from the wars of German unification until the post-World War II-era, thus providing a unique analysis of one of the most fascinating, but at the same time also most tragic attempts of Protestant Christians to shape political life. German description: Im Zentrum dieses Bandes steht die Frage nach Kontinuitat und Diskontinuitat im nationalen Denken deutscher Protestanten in den hundert Jahren zwischen der Reichsgrundung und dem Beginn der drastischen Sakularisierung aller Lebensverhaltnisse im Nachkriegsdeutschland. Die Beitrage untersuchen die Haltung deutscher Protestanten zu den groaen Zasuren der deutschen Geschichte dieser Zeit, analysieren Leitbegriffe und typische Attituden des nationalprotestantischen Milieus und illustrieren an biographischen Fallbeispielen die enge Verbindung von Nationalismus und protestantischem Christentum, die erst in den sechziger Jahren, lange nach dem Stuttgarter Schuldbekenntnis vom Herbst 1945 bei der Mehrzahl der deutschen Protestanten einer distanzierteren Haltung wich.

Encyclopedia of the Age of Imperialism 1800 1914

Author : Carl Cavanagh Hodge
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This encyclopedia traces the spread of European political and economic dominance throughout the world in the century between the Napoleonic Wars and World War I.

Archeologies of Confession

Author : Carina L. Johnson
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Modern religious identities are rooted in collective memories that are constantly made and remade across generations. How do these mutations of memory distort our picture of historical change and the ways that historical actors perceive it? Can one give voice to those whom history has forgotten? The essays collected here examine the formation of religious identities during the Reformation in Germany through case studies of remembering and forgetting—instances in which patterns and practices of religious plurality were excised from historical memory. By tracing their ramifications through the centuries, Archeologies of Confession carefully reconstructs the often surprising histories of plurality that have otherwise been lost or obscured.

Imperial Germany 1871 1918

Author : James Retallack
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The German Empire was founded in January 1871 not only on the basis of Chancellor Otto von Bismarck's '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; its science and technology, education, and municipal administration were the envy of the world; and its avant-garde artists reflected the ferment in European culture. But Germany also played a decisive role in tipping Europe's fragile balance of power over the brink and into the cataclysm of the First World War, eventually leading to the empire's collapse in military defeat and revolution in November 1918. With contributions from an international team of twelve experts in the field, this volume offers an ideal introduction to this crucial era, taking care to situate Imperial Germany in the larger sweep of modern German history, without suggesting that Nazism or the Holocaust were inevitable endpoints to the developments charted here.

Brahms s A German Requiem

Author : R. Allen Lott
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Examines in detail the contexts of Brahms's masterpiece and demonstrates that, contrary to recent consensus, it was performed and received as an inherently Christian work during the composer's life.

Imperial Culture in Germany 1871 1918

Author : Matthew Jefferies
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It has often ben suggested that artists and writers in Germany's imperial era shunned social engagement, preferring instead apolitical introspection. However, as Matthew Jefferies reveals, whether one looks at the painters, poets and architects who helped to create an official imperial identity after 1871; the cultural critics and reformers of the later 19th century; or the new generation of cultural producers that emerged in the years around 1900, the social, political and cultural were never far apart. In this attractively illustrated book, Jefferies provides a lively introduction to the principal movements in German high culture between 1871 and 1918, in the context of imperial society and politics. He not only demonstrates that Germany's 'Imperial culture' was every bit as fascinating as the much better known 'Weimar culture' of the 1920s, but argues that much of what came later has origins in the imperial period. Filling a significant gap in the current historiography, this study will appeal to all those with an interest in the rich and diverse culture of Imperial Germany.