Festival talks by James Hawes

35. THE SHORTEST HISTORY OF GERMANY

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What is it about Germany? Lying at the heart of Europe, the story of the German peoples is an epic one of empires, wars and an extraordinarily rich culture. Internationally best-selling writer James Hawes’s book of the same title has been a massive hit and universally acclaimed by academics and historians across the board. Bringing sharp wit, authority and breathless energy, James Hawes will be giving a thrilling ride through German history from Julius Caesar to Angela Merkel and answering the eternal question: are the Germans really us, or them?

‘I don’t know of a better short history of this great country.’ PHILIP PULLMAN

‘Here is Germany as you’ve never known it: a bold thesis; an authoritative sweep and an exhilarating read.’ PROFESSOR KAREN LEADER, Prof of Modern German Literature, University of Oxford

‘Not just an entertaining canter past the most prominent landmarks in German history – also a serious, well-researched and radical rethinking of the continuities in German political life.’ PROFESSOR NICHOLAS BOYLE, Schröder Professor of German, Cambridge University

 ‘Absolutely brilliant.’ THE GUARDIAN

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