Germany and the Germans

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Germany and the Germans

By Eugen Diesel
Macmillan, 1931
315 pp. $2.00
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It is to be regretted that this volume was given so conventional a title, for it is far superior to the average descriptive or interpretative work. Diesel is a man of uncommon insight and understanding, and a keen critic of our modern civilization. In this volume he surveys the geographical, biological and climatic characteristics of Germany, discusses the people, their mode of life, their activities and their mentality. But the most interesting and illuminating part of the book is the last section, which deals with the new Germany. Here the author devotes himself to the complex problems of Germany's collapse and resurrection, the industrial changes, the new psychology, the new political organizations. If nothing more, he succeeds in throwing into high relief the confusion and chaos of the situation, and in bringing out the immensely important part Central Europe will play in the future development of the world.