Reading German: A Course and Reference Grammar

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Militarism and the 'Little Man' 1871-1914
The text in this chapter is a book review from the quality weekly newspaper Die Zeit. The book being reviewed is a study of the war veterans' associations ('kriegervereine') in Germany in the period between 1871 (the foundation of the German Reich following the wars of unification) and 1914. The German used here is fairly representative of the style and complexity found in non-fiction books and in the quality press.
A: Pre-reading exercises
A1. You may follow the step-by-step pre-reading routines which you have been using so far, or you may wish to vary these routines and perhaps use some other techniques of your own. Either way, make sure that you spend this time on useful pre-reading exercises.

Note: The opening sentence in some of the paragraphs in this text may be too long and complex for an early close-reading. If you cannot extract any useful meaning from them, pick another, shorter, sentence to give you some orientation as to what the paragraph is about. Sometimes the last sentence in a paragraph sums up the whole paragraph.

A2. There are several different words in this text with the meaning 'mentality', i.e. 'way of thinking'. Without reading the text, quickly search the glossary and see how many of these words you can find.
A3. Skim the text for the logical connectors (which are printed in bold).
a. a. Which of these connectors belong together in logical pairs?
b. b. Which occur more than once?

(Look at R138-9 if necessary before you do this. This may help you to see patterns of logical structure within the text.)

Note: The logical connectors in the third paragraph have not been marked.

A4. Skim the text for negation words (which are printed in italics).

Which of these negation words are also part of a 'logical connector'?

(Look at R138-9 if necessary before you do this.)

Note: The negation words in the third paragraph have not been marked.

Now read the whole text intensively.

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Reading German: A Course and Reference Grammar
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Authors' Preface vii
  • Contents ix
  • About This Book x
  • Part I - Reading Course 1
  • List of Chapter Topics 3
  • 1 9
  • 2 14
  • 3 22
  • 4 30
  • 5 38
  • 6 44
  • 7 51
  • 8 58
  • 9 65
  • 10 73
  • 11 80
  • 12 89
  • 13 94
  • 14 98
  • 15 104
  • 16 110
  • Key to Coursebook Exercises 117
  • Part II - Reference Section 131
  • List of Topics 133
  • Key to Further Exercises 321
  • Part IV - German-English Text Corpus 335
  • List of Texts 336
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