Germany at War: 400 Years of Military History

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Germany at War: 400 Years of Military History


Hawkins, Michael, Reference & User Services Quarterly


Germany at War: 400 Years of Military History. Ed. by David T. Zabecki. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2015. 4 vols. acid free $415 (ISBN: 978-1-59884-980-6). E-book available (978-1-59884-981-3), call for pricing.

This four-volume set seeks to explain and define 400 years of German military history. Early on the editor explains what he means by "Germany," stating "for our purposes, Germany is defined as the Federal Republic of Germany today, its predecessor states, and the component kingdoms and principalities that combine to form Imperial Germany" (xxxvii). This was an important distinction to make given the unique history of Germany as a united nation. There are many books that cover German military history, however, many of those only focus on specific periods or states of Germany.

Germany at War contains over 300 entries in alphabetical order that seek to provide the reader with a comprehensive understanding of the individuals, events, places, and equipment relevant to German military history. These entries cover events from the "Thirty Years War through today's Bundeswehr" (xxxvii). The 300+ entries are reference entries typically between 5 and 7 paragraphs. At the end of each entry is an additional reading suggestion, which is very beneficial to this series. These suggestions do a good job of introducing the reader to material that goes more in-depth on the topic. …

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