By Martin Kitchen
This enticing textbook offers a vast survey of recent German background from 1800-2000, and situates Germany’s fragmented prior inside of its complete context. Kitchen:
- Provides readers a protracted view of German background, letting them see continuities and alterations
- Covers the unification of Germany, the German Empire, the Weimar Republic, the 3rd Reich, the Federal Republic, the cave in of Communism, and the re-unification
- Examines cultural heritage in addition to political and financial heritage
- Includes insurance of neighborhood heritage instead of targeting the dominant function of Prussia
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The church, which was now supported financially by the state, turned away from worldly affairs and concentrated GERMANY UNDER NAPOLEON 23 on its spiritual mission. As in Prussia the aristocracy lost some, but by no means all of their ancient privileges. With the collapse of the old empire the mediatized imperial aristocracy retained a special status within the sovereign state, and the thoroughgoing reform of property rights was blocked by the determined rearguard action of the privileged. Even in states such as Westphalia and Berg, where the Code Napoléon was imposed, compensation was demanded for the abolition of feudal rights.
Support from the other German states was minimal. Some adventurers, like the Prussian Major Schill, joined in the fray. Frederick William III closed his ears to entreaties from the military reformers demanding he declare war on France. There was a poorly organized peasants’ revolt in Westphalia but most Germans remained passive bystanders. Napoleon crossed the Danube at night, exploited the division between the two Austrian armies and confronted the Archduke Charles’ army at Wagram on June 5. Charles fought well and the first day was indecisive, but on the second Napoleon’s brilliant use of artillery resulted in a crushing defeat.
By contrast Hardenberg, who became chancellor in 1810 and remained in office until his death in 1822, believed in the centralization of state power and a liberal economic policy. He was less troubled than Stein by moral and philosophical concerns, and argued that with the guarantee of property rights, equality before the law and fair taxation, the individual should be able to fend for himself, and would recognize the need for the firm guiding hand of an autocratic state. The first priority was the reorganization of the administration.
A History of Modern Germany 1800 - 2000 by Martin Kitchen