Bismarck: The White Revolutionary

Volume 2 1871 - 1898

Author: Lothar Gall

Publisher: Routledge


Category: History

Page: 280

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Originally published in English in 1986, these volumes are far more than the story of the life of a powerful statesman. The name Bismarck sums up the entire political, social, economic and intellectual development of central Europe in the second half of the 19th Century and the internal and external shape that Germany then assumed. This book analyses how much of this was Bismarck’s personal achievement or whether he was the man who put the nation on the disastrously wrong course that reached its fateful culmination in 1933? It examines whether Bismarck’s success was precisely because he implemented policies for which the time was ripe and did so in ways that were in harmony with the historical evolution of central Europe.

Rogue Empires

Contracts and Conmen in Europe's Scramble for Africa

Author: Steven Press

Publisher: Harvard University Press


Category: History

Page: 384

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In the 1880s Europeans grabbed vast swaths of the African continent, using documents, not guns, as their weapon of choice. Steven Press follows a paper trail of questionable contracts to discover the confidence men who exploited a loophole in international law to assert sovereignty over lands, and whose actions touched off the Scramble for Africa.

Comparative and Transnational History

Central European Approaches and New Perspectives

Author: Heinz-Gerhard Haupt

Publisher: Berghahn Books


Category: History

Page: 294

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Since the 1970s West German historiography has been one of the main arenas of international comparative history. It has produced important empirical studies particularly in social history as well as methodological and theoretical reflections on comparative history. During the last twenty years however, this approach has felt pressure from two sources: cultural historical approaches, which stress microhistory and the construction of cultural transfer on the one hand, global history and transnational approaches with emphasis on connected history on the other. This volume introduces the reader to some of the major methodological debates and to recent empirical research of German historians, who do comparative and transnational work.

Development for Exploitation

German Colonial Policies in Mainland Tanzania, 1884-1914

Author: Juhani Koponen



Category: Germany

Page: 740

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On the basis of extensive documentary evidence from Tanzania and Germany, it is shown how the German colonialists came to be driven by a 'development imperative', and how this unfolded amidst the conflicting interests and demands of the metropole, local colonial actors and the African people.

China Goes to Sea

Maritime Transformation in Comparative Historical Perspective

Author: Andrew S. Erickson

Publisher: Naval Inst Press


Category: History

Page: 485

View: 907

China's turn toward the sea is evident in its stunning rise in global shipbuilding markets, its expanding merchant marine, its wide reach of offshore energy exploration, its growing fishing fleet, and its increasingly modern navy. This comprehensive assessment of China's potential as a genuine maritime power is both unbiased and apolitical. Unlike other works that view China in isolation, it places China in a larger world historical context. The authors, all authorities on their historical eras, examine cases of attempted maritime transformation through the ages, from the Persian Empire to the Soviet Union, and determine the reasons for success or failure.