History of Germany

Contents

Historical Setting: Early History to 1945
    Early History
    Medieval Germany
    The Protestant Reformation
    The Thirty Years' War, 1618-48
    The Age of Enlightened Absolutism, 1648-1789
    The French Revolution and Germany
    The German Confederation, 1815-66
    Bismarck and Unification
    Imperial Germany
    The Weimar Republic, 1918-33
    The Third Reich, 1933-45

Historical Setting: 1945 to 1990
    Postwar Occupation and Division
    Birth of the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic
    West Germany and the Community of Nations
    The Ulbricht Era, 1949-71
    The Social Democratic-Free Democratic Coalition, 1969-82
    The Christian Democratic/Christian Socialist-Free Democratic Coalition
    The Honecker Era, 1971-89
    Opening of the Berlin Wall and Unification

Map of Germany

SOURCE: Area Handbook of the US Library of Congress

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