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In the Shadow of the Empire

The foundation of the German Empire in 1871 and its complicated legacy

A masterful analysis of the founding of the German state and the ambiguities of the Empire

On January 18, 1871, in the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles, the King of Prussia was crowned the Kaiser of Germany, and the German Empire was born. Over the following years, the ...


The Abdication

The decline of the German monarchy

1918 saw the abdication not only of William II, the German Emperor and King of Prussia, but three other kings and regents of the innumerable German royal houses - a unique historical phenomenon and a truly spectacular sequence of events. Conceived in commendably lucid, eidetic language, Lothar ...


Oh My God, the Church!

The number of church-goers has been decreasing steadily over recent years as people withdraw from organised religion en masse. Martin Urban argues that the Protestant church has only itself to blame - it has forgotten its original credo of enlightenment and is becoming ever more conservative and ...

The Black German

Witnessing history through the eyes of a German-African

This is the story of a man born in Berlin in 1925, the son of a German mother and a Cameroonian father. When his father came to Germany, Cameroon was still a German colony, but after the First World War the Empire was lost and the atmosphere grew increasingly hostile. Black people were reduced ...

Rights sold: France, English World Rights

Less Than Human

In collaboration with Timothy Braatz

From ghetto to death camp - a memoir of privilege and luck

Anatol Chari was a member of the Jewish Special Police Force and his memoirs are one of the few publications to shed light on events from this particular perspective. Chari shares his reminiscences in depth in an ...

Rights sold: Poland