The 10 Best German History Books

Updated February 23, 2018 by Lydia Chipman

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We spent 24 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. From the fall of the Holy Roman Empire and creation of the Merovingian dynasty to the Reformation and epic conflicts of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the character of modern Germany is defined as much by its history prior to Kaiser Wilhelm I's reign as it is by the defining events of its existence as a nation today: WWI, the Third Reich, the Cold War Era and Reunification. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best german history book on Amazon.

10. The Year That Changed the World

9. Iron Kingdom

8. The German Genius

7. The House by the Lake

6. Evening In The Palace Of Reason

5. Before France And Germany

4. The Continuities of Nation, Religion and Race

3. The Third Reich

2. A History of Modern Germany

1. Memories of a Nation


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Last updated on February 23, 2018 by Lydia Chipman

An itinerant wordsmith with a broad constellation of interests, Lydia Chipman has turned iconoclasm into a livelihood of sorts. Bearing the scars and stripes of an uncommon diversity of experience—with the notable exceptions of joining a religious order or becoming an artist—she still can’t resist the temptation to learn something new.


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