• Page numbers have been eliminated from the body of the text for an easier reading experience.• This e-book publication includes 12 images.• The images have been resized and optimized for a Kindle.From Preface:When I assented to the request of the publishers that I would edit a new edition of the History of Germany, and write an additional chapter finishing the work down• Page numbers have been eliminated from the body of the text for an easier reading experience.• This e-book publication includes 12 images.• The images have been resized and optimized for a Kindle.From Preface:When I assented to the request of the publishers that I would edit a new edition of the History of Germany, and write an additional chapter finishing the work down to the present date, I was fully aware of both my own shortcomings and the difficulty of the task. That I undertook it, nevertheless, is because I was strongly tempted to perform what I considered, in my case, an act of piety. Being naturally familiar with the aim and style of this book, I have tried to compile a new chapter in the simple narrative fashion by which the History has commended itself to its readers.In his "Introductory Words" to the original edition the author says: "The History of Germany is not the history of a nation, but of a race. It has little unity, therefore it is complicated, broken, and attached on all sides to the histories of other countries. In its earlier periods it covers the greater part of Europe, and does not return exclusively to Germany until after France, Spain, England and the Italian States have been founded. Thus, even before the fall of the Roman Empire, it becomes the main trunk out of which branch the histories of nearly all European nations, and must of necessity be studied as the connecting link between ancient and modern history. The records of no other race throw so much light upon the development of all civilized lands during a period of fifteen hundred years."My aim has been to present a clear, continuous narrative, omitting no episode of importance, yet preserving a distinct line of connection from century to century. Besides referring to all the best authorities, I have based my labors mainly upon three recent German works—that of Dittmar, as the fullest; of Von Rochau, as the most impartial; and of Dr. David Müller, as the most readable. By constructing an entirely new narrative from these, compressing the material into less than half the space which each occupies, and avoiding the interruptions and changes by which all are characterized, I hope to have made this History convenient and acceptable to our schools."The book is, indeed, eminently fitted for use in the higher grades of schools. But the scope, comprehensiveness, and style of the work make it in no less a degree inviting and attractive to the general reader....
|Title||:||A History of Germany From the Earliest Times to the Present Day|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||506 Pages|
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A History of Germany From the Earliest Times to the Present Day Reviews
This book describes the history of the Germanic peoples from pre-history until nearly 1900 (it was published in 1895). The English is readable, although sometimes (perhaps inadvertently) amusing. The Anglicization of the names of Germanic leaders is both odd and entertaining, although I do not doubt the translations are sound. For example, Karl the Bald, Pippin the Short, and so forth. The flow of history can be very confusing because so many events are happening to various Germanic people groups located in different parts of Europe. However, the author does a good job of keeping the reader on track by referring to simultaneous events elsewhere that have been discussed in a previous chapter or will be discussed further in a following chapter. I am no historian, so I can only judge from the lay reader's perspective, but I found it an enjoyable and informative read. I had not heard of this author before, but Bayard Taylor (January 11, 1825 – December 19, 1878) was an American poet, literary critic, translator, and travel author. I look forward to reading some of his other works.As I read this on my Kindle (keyboard version, plain text), the few maps were not very viewable. I suspect maps help the reader comprehend the vast movements of tribes and nations over time.
Very interesting read, but long-winded, and the author used "the former" and "the latter" in every other paragraph. It gets old after a couple hundred pages. Alos thought it was more recent - the info from Amazon on Kindle makes it hard to tell if it's a current book or not - says it was published in 2001, but it was originally published in the late 19th century.