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By Martin Kitchen

That includes revised and prolonged insurance, the second one version of A heritage of contemporary Germany deals an obtainable and engagingly written account of German background from 1800 to the current.

  • Provides readers with an extended view of contemporary German background, revealing its continuities and changes
  • Features up to date and prolonged insurance of German social swap and modernization, type, faith, and gender
  • Includes extra intensive insurance of the German Democratic Republic
  • Examines Germany's social, political, and financial history
  • Covers the unification of Germany, the German Empire, the Weimar Republic, the 3rd Reich, post-war department, the cave in of Communism, and advancements due to the fact that re-unification
  • Addresses neighborhood historical past instead of concentrating on the dominant position of Prussia

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Nutrition improved, as did the weather. There were significant medical improvements including vaccination, which was made compulsory for smallpox in Bavaria in 1807, and in Prussia in 1817. There was a higher standard of personal hygiene coupled with a drop in infant mortality, both contributing to a slight decline in the death rate. But the most important factor of all was that couples made a conscious decision to 28 G E R M AN S OCIET Y IN T R A NSIT IO N have large families. Demographers have come up with all manner of ingenious explanations for this, but none is convincing.

This resulted in fundamental changes in Prussia. The country was now divided between its western and eastern portions with their widely different cultures, traditions, and religions. Were these differences overcome, Prussia would achieve hegemony in northern Germany. There were further farreaching consequences of this settlement. The Rhineland was soon to become the most valuable piece of industrial real estate in Europe, the foundation of Prussia’s economic might. That Prussia was given the task of defending Germany’s borders against any revival of French military might further underlined the importance of the army.

Charles fought well, and the first day was indecisive, but on the second Napoleon’s brilliant use of artillery resulted in a crushing defeat. Shortly afterwards Napoleon entered Vienna. The only successful revolt was in the Tyrol, which had been annexed by Bavaria in 1805. Andreas Hofer, supported by the Archduke John, lead a brilliant guerrilla campaign in the mountains, defeating the French and Bavarian forces in a rapid series of engagements. But this was a traditional, Catholic, and regional movement at odds with the spirit of the age.

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