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Background reading - History of Germany, 1862 to the Present (HI136)

Most of the books listed below are available in the library. However, the number of copies is limited and demand is high. You therefore may want to buy your own copy of one of the books recommended below. There is no set ‘textbook’ for this module, but you will find these titles of use throughout the course. All of the books listed below are in print and available in the University Bookshop and/or online. Books marked with an asterisk (*) are highly recommended.

V. Berghahn, Modern Germany: Society, Eonomy and Politics in the Twentieth-Century (Cambridge UP, 1982)*

D. Blackbourn, History of Germany, 1790-1918: The Long Nineteenth Century (2nd Edition, Oxford: Blackwell, 2003)*

W. Carr, A History of Germany 1815-1990 (4th Edition, London: Arnold, 1991)*

G. A. Craig, Germany 1866-1945 (Oxford: OUP, 1980)*

M. Fulbrook (ed.), Germany since 1800 (London: Arnold, 1997)*

__________, History of Germany, 1918-2000: The Divided Nation (2nd Edition, Oxford: Blackwell, 2003)

__________, Twentieth Century Germany: Politics, Culture and Society 1918-1990 (London: Arnold, 2001)

J. Traynor, Mastering Modern German History 1864-1990 (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2007)*

D. G. Williamson, Germany since 1815: A Nation Forged and Renewed (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2004)

General Reading:

An invaluable reference work is:

T. Kirk, Cassell’s Dictionary of Modern German History (London: Cassell, 2002)

Journals publishing the latest research in the field of modern German history include:

German History

The German Studies Review

(Both of these are available in the library both in hardcopy and as electronic resources)

General Surveys:

V. Berghahn, Modern Germany (2nd Edition, Cambridge: CUP, 1987)

D. Blackbourn & G. Eley, The Peculiarities of German History (Oxford: OUP, 1984)

H. Böhme, An Introduction to the Social and Economic History of Germany: Politics and Economic Change in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (Oxford: Blackwell, 1978)

R. J. Evans, Rereading German History (London: Routledge, 1997)

M. Kitchen, The Cambridge Illustrated History of Germany (Cambridge: CUP, 1996)

_________, A Military History of Germany (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1975)

E. Kolinsky & W. van der Will (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Modern German Culture (Cambridge: CUP, 1998)

G. Mann, The History of Germany since 1789 (London: Penguin, 1990)

G. Martel (ed.), Modern Germany Reconsidered, 1870-1945 (London: Routledge, 1992)

S. Ozment, A Mighty Fortress: A New History of the German People ( New York: Perennial, 2005)

H. Schulze, Germany: A New History (New York: Harvard University Press, 1998)

D. Stone, Fighting for the Fatherland: The story of the German Soldier from 1648 to the Present Day (London: Conway, 2006)

H. A. Winkler, Germany: The Long Road West 1789-1990 (2 Vols.) (Oxford: OUP, 2006)

Imperial Germany:

V. Berghahn, Imperial Germany 1871-1914 (2nd Edition, New York: Berghahn, 2005)

D. Blackbourn, Populists and Patricians (London: Allen & Unwin, 1987)

F. L. Carsten, A History of the Prussian Junkers (Aldershot: Scolar Press, 1989)

R. Chickering, Imperial Germany and the Great War 1914-1918 (Cambridge: CUP, 2001)

C. Clark, Iron Kingdom (London:

Allen Lane, 2006)

G. A. Craig, Germany 1866-1945 (Oxford: OUP, 1980)

R.J. Evans & D. Geary (eds.), Society and Politics in Wilhelmine Germany (London: Croom Helm, 1978)

K. Jarausch, The Rush to German Unity (Oxford: OUP, 1994)

J. Retallack (ed.), Imperial Germany 1871-1918 (Oxford: OUP, 2008)

M. S. Seligmann & R. R. McLean, Germany from Reich to Republic, 1871-1918 (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2000)

M. Stürmer, The German Empire 1871-1919 (London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2000)

H. –U. Wehler, The German Empire 1871-1918 (Leamington Spa: Berg, 1985)

The Weimar Republic:

P. Bookbinder, Weimar Germany: The Republic of the Reasonable (Manchester: MUP, 1996)

F. L. Carsten, The Reichswehr and Politics 1918-1933 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1973)

___________, Revolution in Central Europe 1918-1919 (London: Maurice Temple Smith, 1972)

P. Gay, Weimar Culture (London: Penguin, 1992)

R. Grunberger, Red Rising in Bavaria (London: Barker, 1973)

S. Haffner, Failure of a Revolution: Germany 1918-1919 (London: Deutsch, 1973)

I. Kershaw, Weimar: Why did German Democracy Fail? (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1990)

E. Kolb, The Weimar Republic (2nd Edition, London: Routledge, 2004)

W. Laqueur, Weimar: A Cultural History 1918-1933 (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1974)

H. Mommsen, The Rise and Fall of Weimar Democracy (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina, 1996)

A. J. Nichols, Weimar and the Rise of Hitler (4th Edition, Basingstoke: Macmillan, 2000)

D. Peukert, The Weimar Republic (London: Penguin, 1993)

E. Weitz, Weimar Germany (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007)

J. Wright, Gustav Stresemann: Weimar’s Greatest Statesman (Oxford: OUP, 2002)

The Third Reich:

M. Burleigh, The Third Reich: A New History (London: Macmillan, 2000)

J. Caplan (ed.), Nazi Germany (Oxford: OUP, 2008)

F. L. Carsten, German Workers and the Nazis (Aldershot: Scolar, 1995)

D. Childs, Germany in the Twentieth Century (3rd Edition, London: Batsford, 1991)

G. Eley, From Unification to Nazism (Boston/London: Allen & Unwin, 1986)

R. J. Evans, The Feminist Movement in Germany, 1894-1933 (London: Sage, 1976)

________, The Coming of the Third Reich (London:

Allen Lane, 2004)

________, The Third Reich in Power (London:

Allen Lane, 2006)

________, The Third Reich at War (London:

Allen Lane, 2008)

J. Hiden & J. Farquharson, Explaining Hitler's Germany (London: Batsford, 1983)

I. Kershaw, Hitler (2 Vols.) (London: Penguin, 2001)

_________, The Nazi Dictatorship (4th Edition, London: Arnold, 2000)

H. Mommsen, From Weimar to Auschwitz (Cambridge: Polity, 1991)

D. Peukert, Inside Nazi Germany (London: Penguin, 1989)

West Germany:

D. L. Bark & D. R. Gress, A History of West Germany (2 Vols.) (2nd Edition, Oxford: Blackwell, 1993)

D. Childs & J. Johnson, West Germany: Politics and Society (London: Croom Helm, 1980)

G. Kloss, West Germany: An Introduction (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1990)

R. G. Moeller (ed.), West Germany under Construction: Politics, Society, and Culture in the Adenauer Era (University of Michigan Press, 1997)

A. J. Nicholls, The Bonn Republic (London: Longman, 1997)

H. Schissler (ed.), The Miracle Years: A Cultural History of West Germany (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001)

N. Thomas, Protest Movements in 1960s West Germany (Oxford: Berg, 2003)

East Germany:

A. Allinson, Politics and Popular Opinion in East Germany 1945-1968 (Manchester: MUP, 2000)

D. Childs, The Fall of the GDR: Germany’s Road to Unity (London: Longman, 2001)

________, The GDR: Moscow’s German Ally (London: Allen & Unwin, 1983)

________ (ed.), Honecker’s Germany (London: Allen & Unwin, 1985)

D. Childs & R. Popplewell, The Stasi: the East German Intelligence and Security Service (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1996)

P. Cooke, Representing East Germany since Unification: From Colonisation to Nostalgia (Oxford: Berg, 2005)

G. Dale, Popular Protest in East Germany 1945-1989 (London: Routledge, 2004)

P. Major & J. Osmond (eds.), The Workers’ and Peasants’ State (Manchester: MUP, 2002)

K. Pence & P. Betts, Socialist Modern (University of Michigan Press, 2007)

The Berlin Republic:

C. Anderson, The Domestic Politics of German Unification (London : Lynne Rienner, 1993)

J. Blaschke, ‘Gates of Immigration into the Federal Republic of Germany’, International Migration (1993), 361-88

S. Bulmer & W. Patterson, The Federal Republic of Germany and the European Community (London: Allen & Unwin, 1987)

W. Carlin, ‘Privatization in East Germany, 1990-92’, German History, 10 (1992), 335-51

R.J. Dalton, The New Germany Votes: Unification and the Creation of the New German Party System (Oxford: Berg, 1993)

R. Fritsch- Bournazel, Europe and German Unification (New York: Berg, 1992)

A.G. Ghaussy, The Economics of German Unification (London: Routledge, 1993)

L. Gutjahr, German Foreign and Defence Policy after Unification (London: Pinter Publishers, 1994)

M.D. Hancock, German Unification: Process and Outcomes (Oxford : Westview Press, 1994)

H. James & M. Stone, When the Wall Came Down: Reactions to German Unification (London: Routledge, 1992)

H.D. Kurz (ed), United Germany and the New Europe (Aldershot: Edward Elgar, 1993)

R.C. Lewis, Nazi Legacy: Right-wing Extremism in Postwar Germany (New York : Praeger pub., 1991)

P.H. Merkl, German Unification in the European Context (University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, 1993)

N. Rüthzel, ‘Germany: One Race, One Nation?’, Race & Class (1990), 31-48

There are also a number of books dealing with topics covered by the module published in series designed specifically for students:

Seminar Studies:

J. Breuilly, Austria, Prussia and the Making of Modern Germany 1806-1871


J. Hiden, The Weimar Republic (2nd Edition, 1996)

F. McDonough, Hitler and the Rise of the Nazi Party (2003)

I. Porter & I. Armour, Imperial Germany 1890-1918 (1991)

D.G. Williamson, Bismarck and Germany 1862-90 (1997)

D.G. Williamson, The Third Reich (3rd Edition, 2002)

D.G. Williamson, Germany from Defeat to Partition 1945-63 (2001)

Access to History


G. Darby, Hitler, Appeasement and the Road to War (2nd Edition, 2007)

A. Farmer & A. Stiles, The Unification of Germany 1815-1919 (3rd Edition, 2008)

G. Layton, From Bismarck to Hitler: Germany 1890-1933 (1995)

G. Layton, Second Reich to Third Reich 1918-45 (2008)

G. Layton, Germany: The Third Reich 1933-45 (3rd Edition, 2005)