Helmut Walser Smith is the Martha Rivers Ingram Professor of History at Vanderbilt University, a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, and the author of the acclaimed The Butcher's Tale: Murder and Anti-Semitism in a German Town. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
Helmut Walser Smith's Germany is an encompassing history of German efforts to define their nation in all its stunning contradictions through five centuries - pastoral, productive, exalted, for a time murderous, for longer civic, always complex. -- Charles Maier, Harvard University Drawing on cartography, literature, travel narratives, and the history of politics, warfare, science, religion, and art, Helmut Walser Smith constructs a magisterial account of the German nation as a history of constant transformation and reinvention. Beautifully written and richly textured, it is essential reading for everyone interested in Germany's past, present, and future. -- Sir Christopher Clark, University of Cambridge