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This audiobook provides a clear and informative guide to the twists and turns of German history from the early Middle Ages to the present day. The multifaceted, problematic history of the German lands has furnished a wide range of debates and differences of interpretation. Mary Fulbrook provides a crisp synthesis of a vast array of historical material and explores the interrelationships between social, political, and cultural factors in the light of scholarly controversies. 

First published in 1990, A Concise History of Germany is the only single-volume history of Germany in English that offers broad, general coverage. It has become standard reading for English-speaking students of German, European studies, and history, and it is a useful guide to general learners, members of the business community, and travelers to Germany. 

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Thoughtful, very informative, excellent narration

Excellent, thoughtful, in depth presentation of German history and highbquality narration. I listened to it, bought the Kindle edition and listened to it again!

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I finished this book...

and I think it is a worthy contender for one of the best books on the subject. For those who listen to books primarily for entertainment (like myself), understand first that summarizing such a vast, academic subject is necessarily a dry read. Some subjects within can come off as tedious, and occasional moments of confusion may ensue, for instance, when many political party names are being dropped in what is meant to be a clear, concise explanation. This is to be expected from an academic read that doesn't pause to ask if you have heard of Goethe or the Treaty of Versailles: it is a summary, after all!

The book's strengths lie in the author's command of the subject and indeed of her whole field of historical study. Not only are facts presented in an orderly fashion, but dispassionate interpretations of them (and criticisms of popular misunderstandings) are presented with clarity. As a novice in historical inquiry, I felt like I was watching a clockmaker carefully handle and examine what I had moments before tossed in her direction. The author's close examination of German society under regimes like Nazism or Soviet communism, the comparison of medieval and renaissance developments in Europe, and the topic of the French Revolution were all so elucidating.

After finishing this excellent "concise" history, I hope to continue to learn about the topic. Perhaps my high opinion of this book will mellow as I read other histories of Germany, but I consider this for now to be an excellent introduction.

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A Quick History

The vast history of Germany is a rare book to come upon. I had to be grateful to find at least this one. It’s a good, if liberal, history of the country through the ages. Since it is concise it does get to be dry, with fact after fact taking some of the color out of it. I’m glad I listened to the book, and will probably need to listen again.

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  • 10-15-20

It reads like a textbook, probably because it is

Written in a fairly dry, academic style. Informative but not exciting. Most of the emphasis was placed on recent history, from say 17th century onwards, coverage of earlier history was quite brief.

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  • 02-12-20

Informative, if a little dry

A fairly good overview of German history, but it reads like an essay more than a narrative. A real history book that aims to inform rather than entertain. The best books can do both.