Germany in the World: A Global History, 1500-2000
Germany in the World challenges readers to reexamine German history of the last five hundred years from a global perspective. Viewed through this lens, familiar landmarks appear in a different light and unfamiliar aspects appear, like the “German Atlantic”. David Blackbourn’s book, which interweaves geopolitics, culture, economics, and movements of people, transcends the conventional boundaries of modern German history, taking readers from the Australian bush to Shanghai, German scientists in Siberia to America’s “Little Germanys”.
David Blackbourn became professor emeritus in 2023 after a fifty-year career teaching at Cambridge, London, Harvard, and Vanderbilt. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the British Academy, he has also held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the DAAD, and the Institute for Advanced Study. His many books include the prize-winning Marpingen: Apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Nineteenth-Century Germany (1993) and The Conquest of Nature (2006).
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