In this text, the author draws together his review essays on the political, economic, cultural and social history of Germany through war and reunification. This book provides a study of how historians - mainly German, American, British, and French - have provided a series of differing and often conflicting readings of the German past in recent years. It also presents a reconsideration of German history in the light of the recent decline and fall of the German Democratic Republic, collapse of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany.
'A coherent, if contentious, left-liberal view of modern German history ... it flows easily in a sprightly, jargon-free prose ... illuminated by flashes of academic aggression.' Times Higher Education Supplement"