Sebastian Haffner brings fresh insights and perceptions to this history of the German Empire from 1871-1945. He challenges the historical cliches and stereotypes that surround the period and traces crucial causal links between the birth of the Reich under Bismarck and its ultimate downfall under Hitler. Haffner emphasizes Germany's unfortunate geography and its policy of foreign aggression, and concludes "the German Reich seems to have been propelled toward its own destruction almost from its inception."

Ailing Empire 1989, Fromm International, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780880641364

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