German History before Hitler: The Debate about the German Sonderweg

  title={German History before Hitler: The Debate about the German Sonderweg},
  author={J{\"u}rgen Kocka},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary History},
  pages={16 - 3}
  • Jürgen Kocka
  • Published 1 January 1988
  • History
  • Journal of Contemporary History
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