BACKGROUND BOOKS

BACKGROUND BOOKS

Kim R. Holmes

"Germany is Hamlet!" exclaimed the German poet Ferdinand Freilig- rath in 1844.
Historian Gordon Craig, in Ger-many, 1866-1945 (Oxford, 1978, cloth; 1980, paper), chose Freilig- rath's remark as an epigraph to his survey of the "tragic story" of Ger- man history from Prince Otto von Bismarck's triumph over Austria to the fall of the Third Reich.
As Craig suggests, the same "pale cast of thought" that prevented Hamlet from avenging his father's death-the indecisiveness...

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