A new edition of Mary Fulbrook's history of Germany from the middle ages to today.
Fulbrook (University Coll., London) prefaces her concise history with the fretful expectation that ``attempts to compress over a thousand years of highly complex history into a brief volume will . . . provoke squeals of protest from . . . specialists.'' Well, perhaps from specialists, but not from the average reader. True, the medieval centuries are dispatched summarily, but a more leisured pace leads us through the modern era to early 1990. No particular ideological stance colors the presentation, and judicious references to the various interpretations of other historians balance the account. The text is adorned nicely with 41 illustrations and 13 maps, and a ``highly selective'' bibliography of some 150 recent titles in English. This is a beginner's volume, a good one. The curious will need to go on for the rich detail that can make history interesting. Recommended for public libraries.-- James B. Street, Santa Cruz P.L., Cal.