What are some good books on Imperial Germany?

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What are some good books on Imperial Germany?

Post by Teuton » 04 Jan 2003 04:10

Hi everyone this is my first post here so of course its a question :D

Well my question what are some good books on Imperial Germany? Anything from the military commanders, to the Kaisers, to simply everyday life and everything in between. Also what are some just some "all around books" about it? All input is appreciated.



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Post by Svennie » 19 Feb 2003 14:49

You might want to try the classic "Germany 1866-1945: by Gordon A. Craig (Oxford 1978). It is excellent reading.
A newly published book about Germany 1871-1914 is David Blackbourn's "germany". Have a look at amazon.com and you'll find many more.


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My favorites are...

Post by Achtung Panzer Buff » 04 Mar 2003 05:52

Robert Massie's "Dreadnaught" while not directly on Imperial Germany explains the naval arms race very well.

William Manchester, "The Arms of Krupp" is also excellent but it is wide in scope and not focused only on Imperial Germany

Barbara Tuckman's "Guns of August" and deals with the start of WW1 http://www.abbottsystems.com/reviews.html

Barbara Tuckman's "The Proud Tower" and deals with the ~20years before WW1 in Europe http://hallworldhistory.com/world/113.shtml

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Post by Gwynn Compton » 04 Mar 2003 08:32

John Keegan's "The First World War" is a good introductory overview of the war.


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Post by viriato » 04 Mar 2003 14:00

"Pity of War" by Niall Fergusson

"Great War 1914-1918" by Marc Ferro

Both are very good and deal especially with a good deal of development of the political, economical and social aspects of the war.

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Post by Damian Andrews » 05 Mar 2003 01:28

Stay away from Massie,Manchester and Tuchman,their books are all badly flawed by their author's anti-German bias.

Try these instead (if you can find them) -

The Genesis of the World War by Harry Elmer Barnes

The Origins of the World War by Sidney Fay

How Diplomats Make War by Francis Neilson

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Colonial Books

Post by omaha » 07 Apr 2003 19:24

I have one first edition copy of the JUDGEMENT ON GERMAN AFRICA by G.L.Steer
Published 1939 in English,interesting point is that it has a Third Reich library stamp on inside page.
I wonder how many English books the Third Reich censor allowed on their book shelves.It is for sale to someone who collects books.

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