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Description - The Wars of German Unification by Dennis E. Showalter

The wars of German unification had a profound impact on the political configuration of Central Europe, on France, and on international relations more generally. In his analysis of these wars, the author addresses the "German Question" - the paradox of a developing common bourgeois German culture and growing three-way political tensions between Prussia, Austria and the lesser states of the Confederation - before focusing on the development of an armed camp in Central Europe in the 1860s and the ensuing conflicts. The wars are viewed in the context of a "military revolution" - an uneasy fusion of industrialization, democracy, and professionalism. Common assumptions about their course are scrutinized: it is argued for instance that both France and Prussia had responded to the military challenges of the democratic and industrial revolutions, and that the Prussian victories that destroyed the Second Empire were by no means inevitable. The wars of German unification were not decided by a process of comparing the abstract strengths of political and economic systems. Much of the book demonstrates the "practical" problems of applying techniques and resources available "in principle". The author claims that the pattern of German unification was determined on the battlefield, where the contending armies were consistently far better matched in fighting power.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780340580172
ISBN-10: 0340580178
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 153mm x 18mm)
Pages: 376
Imprint: Hodder Arnold
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 27-Feb-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Dennis E. Showalter

Dennis Showalter is Professor of History at Colorado College, Colorado, USA

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