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  • A Nation in Its Time: Before, During, and After Nationalism, 1500-2000
  • By: Helmut Walser Smith
  • Narrated by: Paul Woodson
  • Length: 20 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Germany

By: Helmut Walser Smith
Narrated by: Paul Woodson
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For nearly a century, historians have depicted Germany as a rabidly nationalist land, born in a sea of aggression. Not so, says Helmut Walser Smith, who, in this groundbreaking 500-year history, challenges traditional perceptions of Germany's conflicted past, revealing a nation far more thematically complicated than 20th-century historians have imagined.

Contrary to widespread perception, the people who first described Germany were pacific in temperament, and the pernicious ideology of German nationalism would only enter into the nation's history centuries later. Tracing the significant tension between the idea of the nation and the ideology of its nationalism, Smith shows a nation constantly reinventing itself and explains how radical nationalism ultimately turned Germany into a genocidal nation. Smith's aim, then, is nothing less than to redefine our understanding of Germany: Is it essentially a bellicose nation that murdered more than six million people? Or a pacific, 21st-century model of tolerant democracy?

Smith recreates the national euphoria that accompanied the beginning of World War I, followed by the existential despair caused by Germany's shattering defeat. This psychic devastation would simultaneously produce both the modernist glories of the Bauhaus and the meteoric rise of the Nazi party.

©2020 Helmut Walser Smith (P)2021 Tantor
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The book need huge updates

I found it difficult to listen to so many misleading facts what mostly borrowed from Soviet Union propaganda. Seems like the author didn’t have access to modern sources on information or maybe couldn’t be bothered.
Firstly it’s soviet union was an ally with nazi Germany and was happy to grab as many territories as possible itself, but this subject is not mentioned in the book for some reason, the author straight forward mentions that russia ( not soviet union) is the biggest victim, although Soviet Union consisted from so many republics ( Ukraine and Belarus territories were 100% occupied buy nazi Germany with heavy consequences for both countries )Weird? I think so. But the biggest manipulation is following afterwards. And it’s when Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia and other Eastern European countries are blamed for their cooperation with nazi Germany. Little bit of background, all Eastern European countries considered both Soviet Union and nazi Germany occupants and the perspective for the cooperation is just russian propaganda. I do not recommend this book at all!

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Chronicle of a Nation

A brilliant history of nationhood and the dark places to which nationalism can lead. History at its finest!

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Brilliant sweeping study

Brilliantly narrated. The story of what actually makes up Germany is fascinating and complex. How history led to nationhood and thence to nationalism is at the core of this work. It is engaging, complicated and sometimes surprising.

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Superb

Endlessly fascinating and the narration is excellent; the tracks, however don’t always match up with the chapters, which is a bit annoying.

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