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Germany and the Germans From an American Point of View   By: (1860-1913)

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Germany and the Germans From an American Point of View by Price Collier is a fascinating and thought-provoking book that offers a unique perspective on Germany and its people from an American viewpoint. Collier, a journalist and author, presents a comprehensive analysis of German society, culture, and history, combining personal experiences with in-depth research to provide a well-rounded account.

One of the strongest aspects of this book is the author's ability to delve deep into the psyche of the German people. Collier explores the historical factors that have shaped German identity, including its long history of militarism, nationalism, and a complex relationship with its own past. By doing so, he helps readers understand the complexities of the German character. His observations are honest and provocative, challenging conventional stereotypes and shedding light on the diverse nature of German society.

Collier also provides insightful commentary on Germany's political landscape, offering a critical analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of its political system. He explores the country's rise and fall under different leaders, examining the impact of nationalistic ideologies and mass movements on German politics. Moreover, he delves into the effects of World War II and the subsequent division of Germany, bringing attention to the subsequent reunification and the challenges it presented to the nation.

What sets this book apart is Collier's ability to balance his analysis with personal anecdotes and observations. He seamlessly weaves in stories from his own experiences in Germany, providing a human perspective that adds an emotional depth to his examination. These personal accounts not only make the book more engaging but also give readers a sense of the author's intimate understanding and connection with the subjects discussed.

Despite the book's strengths, there are a few aspects that could benefit from further exploration. Although Collier presents a comprehensive overview of German history, some readers might crave a more in-depth analysis of specific periods or events. Additionally, a broader focus on present-day Germany and its role in the changing global landscape would have been valuable, considering the book was originally published in 1913.

In conclusion, Germany and the Germans From an American Point of View by Price Collier is a captivating exploration of Germany's history, society, and politics. Collier's mix of personal experiences and objective analysis creates a well-rounded account that challenges preconceived notions about Germany. This book is highly recommended for those interested in gaining a deeper understanding of Germany from an American perspective.

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GERMANY AND THE GERMANS

FROM AN AMERICAN POINT OF VIEW

GERMANY AND THE GERMANS FROM AN AMERICAN POINT OF VIEW

BY PRICE COLLIER

CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS NEW YORK 1913

Copyright, 1913, by Charles Scribner's Sons

Published May, 1913

To MY WIFE KATHARINE whose deserving far outstrips my giving

CONTENTS

CHAPTER

INTRODUCTION

I. THE CRADLE OF MODERN GERMANY

II. FREDERICK THE GREAT TO BISMARCK

III. THE INDISCREET

IV. GERMAN POLITICAL PARTIES AND THE PRESS

V. BERLIN

VI. "A LAND OF DAMNED PROFESSORS"

VII. THE DISTAFF SIDE

VIII. "OHNE ARMEE KEIN DEUTSCHLAND"

IX. GERMAN PROBLEMS

X. "FROM ENVY, HATRED, AND MALICE"

XI. CONCLUSION

INTRODUCTION

The first printed suggestion that America should be called America came from a German. Martin Waldseemüller, of Freiburg, in his Cosmographiae Introductio, published in 1507, wrote: "I do not see why any one may justly forbid it to be named after Americus, its discoverer, a man of sagacious mind, Amerige, that is the land of Americus or America, since both Europe and Asia derived their names from women."

The first complete ship load of Germans left Gravesend July the 24th, 1683, and arrived in Philadelphia October the 6th, 1683. They settled in Germantown, or, as it was then called, on account of the poverty of the settlers, Armentown... Continue reading book >>




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