Germany in the World: A Global History, 1500-2000 (Guest: David Blackbourn)

Published July 1, 2024
Heartland’s Tim Benson is joined by David Blackbourn, Cornelius Vanderbilt Distinguished Chair of History Emeritus at Vanderbilt University, to discuss his new book, Germany in the World: A Global History, 1500-2000. They discuss the existence of a distinctly German presence in the world centuries before its unification. They also chat about Germany’s leading role in creating modern universities and its sinister involvement in slave-trade economies, as well as how Germany has maintained its pivotal place for the world, even after its tragic and criminal Twentieth Century.

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Show Notes:

The Guardian: Neal Ascherson – “Germany in the World by David Blackbourn review – a rich and full-throated account of the past 500 years”

Literary Review: Iain Bamforth – “From Brandenburg to Brazil”

London Review of Books: Richard J. Evans – “Not So Special”