Quotes from “The Shortest History of Germany” by James Hawes

Yana Manukhina
Yana Manukhinahas quoted8 months ago
In 1745, all England trembled with fear as the Highland Scots invaded. No one thought them romantic. But once they’d been smashed at Culloden, the British Army almost immediately began using them as shock-troops, and the English public fell in love with tales of their unspoiled, natural bravado.
Denys Kuznietsov
Denys Kuznietsovhas quoted6 months ago
The state of Germany at the Peace of Westphalia in 1648 is difficult to describe except in biblical terms. Syria today might give us some idea. At least a third of the entire population seems to have perished, more in some areas. In 1631, Magdeburg on the Elbe, Otto the Great’s most-favoured city, had over 20,000 inhabitants; by 1649, it was 450, the rest having been mostly slaughtered in the streets. Even today, when German children sing their version of ‘Ladybird, Ladybird, Fly Away Home’, it’s not a house that’s on fire, but Pomerania.
Маша Алешина
Маша Алешинаhas quoted10 days ago
The word that became deutsch wasn’t originally anything to do with Germany. Charlemagne’s chaplain wrote in 786 AD that in England, church business was conducted in both Latin and theodisce (meaning the language of the people, in this case Anglo-Saxon). Later, theodisce was used to mean the non-Latinate Frankish tongues, and eventually became Deutsch/Dutch.
asrover27
asrover27has quoted14 days ago
far fewer Germans owned their own homes, and many from the former East Germany had net worths of virtually z
asrover27
asrover27has quoted14 days ago
terms of total personal wealth, surprisingly enough, the average German was worth less than the average Frenchman or Itali
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asrover27has quoted14 days ago
state banks – who were often, as with VW, major shareholders in industry – stepped in to help.
asrover27
asrover27has quoted14 days ago
simply didn’t want to stop being industrialists, even when things got toug
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asrover27has quoted14 days ago
The fact that so much of German industry is (thanks largely to Erhardt in 1948) still owned by families rather than investment funds helped.
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asrover27has quoted14 days ago
Schröder also persuaded his Green Party partners that if keeping Germany out of all wars meant allowing mass-murder to happen in the Balkans, something had to give.
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By the end of the second millennium, bullish Blair-Bush trans-Atlanticists were certain that the future belonged to the Anglo-Saxon model:
As economic growth stalls yet again, Germany is being branded the sick man (or even the Japan) of Europe
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Jokes started being told:
What’s the difference between a Turk and an Ossi (East German)? The Turk speaks German and works.
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soon give up the beloved Deutschmark and commit to the euro.
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-unification took place on Oct 3 1990 without either side, East or West, ever getting a vote on it.
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East Germany got the Deutschmark on 1 July 1990
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patriotic alliance led by the eastern branch of Kohl’s CDU (a young Angela Merkel prominent within i
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chant of the demonstrators in Leipzig was turning from patriotic appeal (We are one people!) to blackmail: Bring us the Deutsch-mark, and we’ll stay here – if not, we’ll come and get
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Mikhail Gorbachev had taken over a post-1945 Russian Empire that was bankrupt and falling apart.
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by that classic centre-left, chain-smoking, back-room deal-maker, Helmut Schmi
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German politics was dominated
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strange idea, when you think about it, and it’s hard not to see it as somehow descended from Luther’s notion that we’re saved not by good works but by faith alone (sola fide).
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