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By Martin Kitchen

That includes revised and prolonged assurance, the second one variation of A heritage of recent Germany bargains an available and engagingly written account of German heritage from 1800 to the current.

  • Provides readers with an extended view of contemporary German historical past, revealing its continuities and changes
  • Features up to date and prolonged insurance of German social switch and modernization, type, faith, and gender
  • Includes extra intensive insurance of the German Democratic Republic
  • Examines Germany's social, political, and fiscal 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 because re-unification
  • Addresses nearby heritage instead of concentrating on the dominant position of Prussia

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Similarly, few aristocratic landowners realized the opportunities that a free market economy offered. Resistance to reform was so strong that it was only after the collapse of Prussia in 1806, when the state was faced with a crippling economic burden, that Stein was able to sweep all objections aside. On October 9, 1807, ten days after his appointment as minister, he issued the “October Edict” that announced the abolition of serfdom in Prussia by St. Martin’s Day (November 11) 1810. The peasants were now free subjects before the law, able to own property, to marry as they wished, and free to move and to practice any trade or profession.

Metternich, assuming that Russia was unlikely to be able to withstand an invasion, proposed giving France limited support so as to come out on the winning side. In Prussia Gneisenau pleaded for an alliance with Russia combined with a popular uprising. ” Napoleon demanded the right to march his forces across Prussia and insisted that 20,000 men from the Prussian army, which had been reduced to a mere 42,000, should take part in the campaign. Hardenberg saw no alternative but to accept these humiliating conditions.

Castlereagh and Metternich favored this idea because of their concern about the tsar’s ambitions in Poland. The Russians were adamantly opposed. Frederick William III, anxious not to antagonize his ally, ordered Hardenberg to distance himself from Castlereagh and Metternich. After much acrimonious debate Prussia lost most of its Polish territory to “Congress Poland” and was awarded approximately half of Saxony. Prussia’s gains in the west were even more significant. In order that Prussia should protect Germany’s western frontiers it was given the Rhineland as far as the Saar and the Nahe.

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