• The Shortest History of Germany

  • From Julius Caesar to Angela Merkel: A Retelling for Our Times
  • By: James Hawes
  • Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (99 ratings)

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By: James Hawes
Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
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Publisher's Summary

2,000 years of history in one riveting afternoon

A country both admired and feared, Germany has been the epicenter of world events time and again: the Reformation, both World Wars, the fall of the Berlin Wall. It did not emerge as a modern nation until 1871 - yet today, Germany is the world's fourth-largest economy and a standard-bearer of liberal democracy. 

"There's no point studying the past unless it sheds some light on the present", writes James Hawes in this brilliantly concise history that has already captivated hundreds of thousands of readers and listeners. "It is time, now more than ever, for us all to understand the real history of Germany."

©2019 James Hawes (P)2019 Tantor
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  • Categories: History

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“An excellent little book . . . [Hawes] has a sense of humour, and a sharp eye for similarities between then and now.” (The Spectator)

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Antifa book? Really?

The history story is written very dry. It is as if we are walking a timeline, not walking through history in story form. Then, from World War 2 on, it becomes disappointing. Nationalism fears finishes the book. That’s not history. That is an opinion piece. Find another book.

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The narrator can’t pronounce German

I am happy with the content of the book, but unfortunately the narrator can’t pronounce German names and words, which makes listening painful to me.

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Difficult to hear the narración. Very interestin

Very helpful history. Many surprising observations. unfortunately the narrador softens his vice at importante points.

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much needed summary in English!

I would like another on the same subject for comparison and contrast since I'm ba

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I learned a great deal.

My German history was lacking. I now have a context for German & European news.

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  • 09-09-20

a very informative history

Really enjoyed this. The book explained in exhausting speed how Germany was conceptualized in the mind of the Roman's and made real by the people who settled between the Rhine and the Elbe rivers.
The book goes onto explain the cultural differences that pre-date Soviet rule, between East and West Germany.
It also gave me a better understanding for the long struggle between liberal progressivism and conservative authoritarianism which has ebbed and flowed over the centuries in Germany.