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

Yana Manukhina
Yana Manukhinahas quotedlast year
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 quoted10 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.
asrover27
asrover27has quoted3 months ago
Saxons (Saxons is widely used in western Germany to mean all eastern Germans)
asrover27
asrover27has quoted3 months ago
Angela Merkel unilaterally voided
asrover27
asrover27has quoted3 months ago
Dublin Treaty of 1997 says that asylum-seekers to the EU must register, and therefore remain, in the first country they enter
asrover27
asrover27has quoted3 months ago
When Angela Merkel opened Germany’s borders to the refugees trapped in Budapest last September, she was at the zenith of her power
asrover27
asrover27has quoted3 months ago
price for her policies is not just the rise of a new right-wing populist party in Germany and a German society that is more divided and disgruntled than it has been in years. She has also created a Europe that is no longer united
Маша Алешина
Маша Алешинаhas quoted4 months ago
In fact, beneath the superficial differences in their supposed ideologies, they shared profound cultural affinities: a scornful hatred of the democratic West and its alleged decadence; the worship of sheer, brute force; a cultic veneration for militarised state power; and, most importantly of all, a loathing of the reborn Poland.
Маша Алешина
Маша Алешинаhas quoted4 months 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 quoted4 months ago
far fewer Germans owned their own homes, and many from the former East Germany had net worths of virtually z
asrover27
asrover27has quoted4 months ago
terms of total personal wealth, surprisingly enough, the average German was worth less than the average Frenchman or Itali
asrover27
asrover27has quoted4 months ago
state banks – who were often, as with VW, major shareholders in industry – stepped in to help.
asrover27
asrover27has quoted4 months ago
simply didn’t want to stop being industrialists, even when things got toug
asrover27
asrover27has quoted4 months 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.
asrover27
asrover27has quoted4 months 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.
asrover27
asrover27has quoted5 months ago
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
asrover27
asrover27has quoted5 months ago
Jokes started being told:
What’s the difference between a Turk and an Ossi (East German)? The Turk speaks German and works.
asrover27
asrover27has quoted5 months ago
soon give up the beloved Deutschmark and commit to the euro.
asrover27
asrover27has quoted5 months ago
-unification took place on Oct 3 1990 without either side, East or West, ever getting a vote on it.
asrover27
asrover27has quoted5 months ago
East Germany got the Deutschmark on 1 July 1990
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