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Fatherlands
State-Building and Nationhood in Nineteenth-Century Germany

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Part of New Studies in European History

  • Date Published: October 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521793131

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  • Fatherlands explores the nature of identity in nineteenth-century Germany, and has crucial implications for our understanding of nationalism, German unification and the German state in the modern era. It approaches these questions from a new and important angle, that of the non national territorial state, exploring the state-building process in non-Prussian Germany. The issues covered range from railway construction and German industrialization, to the modernization of German monarchy, the emergence of a free press, the development of a modern educational system, and the role of monuments, museums and public festivities.

    • Approaches the subject of German unification from the new and important angle of the non-national territorial state
    • Bridges the gulf between political, cultural and economic history and has important implications for many different fields of study
    • Offers a wide-ranging comparative study of three important but far-flung German states on which little has been written in English
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...[an] authoritative, meticulously researched, and well argued monograph...indispensible." The Journal of Social History

    "Abigail Green's thoughtful, well-researched examination of nineteenth-century state formation offers an excellent comparative methodology, which might be applied beneficially to the contemporary discussions." The Historian

    "...[a] thoughtfully conceived and crisply argued monograph...a highly original arguement that drives a stimulating, well-written, and always informative book. Journal of Modern History

    "Green's book provides much-needed and long-overdue answers..." The Journal of Interdisciplinary History

    "Green manages to shed light on a very important aspect of German state and nation building in the nineteenth century, and she does so with considerable panache and style. Her book is a superb exercise in comparative history, for she manages to sustain complex comparisons of three kingdoms and their attempts to forge particularist identities over the whole of the nineteenth century. It will be of great interest to anyone interested in Germany and German identity." American Historical Review

    "...an important contribution..." Central European History

    "Highly original." H-NET

    "...well written..." History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2001
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521793131
    • length: 400 pages
    • dimensions: 233 x 167 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.7kg
    • contains: 18 b/w illus. 3 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Variations of German experience: Hanover, Saxony and Württemberg
    2. Modernising monarchy
    3. Cultures of the fatherland
    4. Propaganda
    5. Educating patriots
    6. Communications
    7. Imagined identities
    8. Nationhood
    Conclusion.

  • Author

    Abigail Green, University of Oxford

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