The German Empire: A Short History by Michael Stürmer
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Some kind of wunderbar this ain't. And while I didn't hate this enough to put it down in disgust, I also came away underwhelmed. The best chapter is about the founding and almost immediate foundering of the Weimar Republic, which Sturmer bathes in an idealistic and quite interesting light. Bismarck is (of course) a main character; Hitler makes his expected cameo appearance at the end. But the personality was in short shrift - the Kaiser (a fascinating figure) gets barely any mention relatively speaking. I suppose the very nature of this type of book, named right from the beginning as "short history" means that many, many things of interest and importance, both major and minor, must needs be left out. But even short histories can be fascinating little studies (see Ronald Reagan). This fell short of fascinating by several notches.
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