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Anyone here particularly well versed in German history?
Polkster at 5:17AM, May 8, 2009
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I need to write a paper on Germany's role in Central Europe and its impact on its neighbors (Austria, Hungary, Czecho/Slovakia, and Poland) between 1870 and the 2000's and was wondering if anyone here were particularly well versed in European history and could suggest some bullet points I could use to direct my research.
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Product Placement at 6:34AM, May 8, 2009
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The time period in question sees the rise of the Second Reich. The First Reich was formed by the Romans and it was called the Holy Roman Empire. The area that was Germany was actually a series of independent states which were unified by Otto von Bismark, forming the German Empire. That was the start of the Second Reich. It was called Prussia until some time after the First world war which marks the fall of the Second Reich. Germany became the scapegoat of the great war (WWI) and received a rather bum deal where they were forced to finance the rebuild of Europe. This plunged the nation into a deep recession which helped Hitler to rise into power. Hitlers dreamed of starting the Third Reich where Germany unifies all of Europe under his rule. It was a major player in WWII, being the initiator of it. After the Second World war it was divided in two, East and West Germany. The East side belonged to the Soviet Union until the fall of the Berlin wall which marked the collapse of the Soviet union.

Things that you should research.
Prussia
Otto von Bismark
Wilhelm I (First king of the Second Reich)
Second Reich
Germany's involvement in WWI
The Treaty of Versailles
Weimar Republic
The Stab-in-the-back legend
The National Socialist Party of Germany (The Nazi)
Hitler
Third Reich
East Germany
Berlin Wall

Don't fall into the pit of focusing on one time period. Don't make this article about Hitler and the World War II. Your teacher asked for the history of Germany from a very broad time period. Cover all of it.
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Polkster at 7:24AM, May 8, 2009
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None of that is really helpful, that's like a basic high school outline, I was hoping for something more along the lines of particular treaties, doctrines, and military endeavors.
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bravo1102 at 7:48AM, May 8, 2009
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Von Moltke, Von Schlieffen, Von Moltke, Ludendorff and Hindenberg.

Austro-Prussian War (Der Deutscher Krieg), Franco-Prussian War

Read the Art of War From Waterloo to Mons a great overview of the art of war during the period focusing especially on Helmuth Von Moltke. Michael Howard's history of the Franco-Prussian War is pretty good, as is Quntin Barry's two volume history and A duel of Giants which gives the diplmomatic history by David Wetzel. The Prussian wars of 1864, 1866 and 1870 were the key events until the fall of Bismarck under Wilhelm II and then it segues into Tirpitz and Wilhelm II as told in
Dreadnaught by Robert K. Massie probably the definitive overview of post-Bismarck Germany.

For a contrast of the influence of the American Civil War and the Prussians the Bloody Crucible of Courage by Brent Nosworthy has several chapters of interest especially on rifles, artillery and the infantry tactics of the time.

The various Osprey Men at Arms on the French and Prussian armies give great overviews of their organization and training as well as the colorful uniforms of the period.

Is that comprehensive enough? ;)
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Product Placement at 8:00AM, May 8, 2009
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None of that is really helpful, that's like a basic high school outline, I was hoping for something more along the lines of particular treaties, doctrines, and military endeavors.

Well sorry, but you asked for info on Germany from 1870 til today. This is info about Germany from that period. You didn't exactly explain whether the details you were requesting was for elementary, high school or university level.

For more recent impact that Germany may have made on its neighbors, you could check their relations via EU.
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Polkster at 8:01AM, May 8, 2009
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Well it's a solid start.
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