In Wayward Pursuit of the Germans and Their History

Book - 2010
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"Germania" explores how people are misled by history, how they twist history, and how sometimes it is best to know no history at all. The work is full of curiosities, odd food, castles, mad princes, and fairy tales--the unseen sides of Germany.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010
ISBN: 9780374254001
Branch Call Number: 943 WIN
Characteristics: 466 p. : ill., maps ; 22 cm


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Feb 18, 2016

Was the Holocaust a fated consequence of militarism and anti-Semitism in pre-1933 German culture or was it made possible only by a combination of tragic events, flawed philosophy, and bad judgments that led to the Nazis being allowed to take power? Winder argues for the latter, highlighting the threads of German history before Hitler that show other roads that could (and should) have been taken. The book is surprisingly light-hearted--Winder consciously tries to recover the parts of German history that contrast with the Gothic darkness and gloomy dutifulness that outsiders often associate with Germany and Germans.

Cutie625 Sep 28, 2014

A good book, but the author can be self indulgent which makes the book longer than it need be.

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