German History in Biographical Portraits
History is made by people – and people give history meaning. Here, 2000 years of Germany’s past are brought to life through the biographies of its major players.
The overwhelming sweep of history can be made more comprehensible by describing the lives of the people who shaped it: those who left their stamp on the time in which they lived, for better or for worse. The first character we meet in this book is Arminius, the Germanic chieftain who was originally an ally of the Romans but then became their enemy. 2000 years lie between him and Helmut Kohl, who saw the opportunity for reunification more clearly than any other German politician. The authors cover this time span with 30 life histories.
This book aims to awaken young readers’ interest in history. Thoroughly researched, lucid, accessible and enhanced by vivid illustrations, the stories in these pages can complement the school history curriculum, and readers will be instantly rewarded by a comprehensive overview of two millennia of German history.