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By Mary Fulbrook

The 3rd version of A historical past of Germany strains the dramatic social, cultural, and political tensions in Germany considering that 1918.

- bargains a persuasive interpretation of the dynamics of twentieth-century German history

- Treats German historical past from 1918-2008 from the viewpoint of department and reunification, masking East and West German background in equivalent depth

- Covers the self-destructive Weimar Republic, the extremes of genocide and army aggression within the Nazi period, the department of the kingdom within the chilly warfare, and the cave in of communist East Germany and unification in 1990

- new version comprises updates all through, specifically masking the Nazi interval and the Holocaust; a brand new bankruptcy on Germany because the Nineteen Nineties; and a considerably revised and up-to-date bibliography

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Instead of that black band you are wearing blue stripes on your arm. I think, sir, it would have been more appropriate for you to wear red stripes! The officers broke into applause, but Goering held up his hand for silence and went on speaking. We officers did our duty for four long years . . and we risked our bodies for the Fatherland. Now we come home—and how do they treat us? They spit on us and deprive us of what we gloried in wearing. And this I can tell you, that the people are not to blame for such conduct.

When he decided to settle, it was Dr. Thirring who found him the castle of Mauterndorf in Austria, not far from the border with Bavaria. Epenstein spent a great deal of money on the restoration and furnishing of this castle, re-creating in it the heavy and pompous atmosphere of German medievalism that so stirred the young imagination of his godchild Hermann. After Heinrich Goering had returned to Germany Epenstein bought a second and smaller castle called Veldenstein, fifteen miles from Nuremberg; he offered this new property, which was a house built onto the ruins of an ancient Franconian fortress of the eleventh century, to the Goering family as a home.

Later Goering was not only to inherit Veldenstein from Epenstein’s widow but to own a mansion that far outshone in splendor the provincial grandeurs of his youth. These, and certain other facts, began to make the unique character of Goering more credible; the violence of his motives and the extravagance and opportunism of his behavior could now be understood more clearly. The excesses of his vanity were at any rate to some extent the product of his bodily condition. ” “No one,” wrote Lord Birkett in his private notes, “appears to have been quite prepared for his immense ability and knowledge, and his thorough mastery and understanding of every detail of the captured documents.

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