Book look: China complete, kids’ German and wartime Berlin

1A Sinology professor has written an astounding book about the history of China. Kai Vogelsang of the University of Hamburg analyses the various political systems in the Asian country, from totalitarian regimes to those which nationalist tendencies. He describes the explosive contrast between internal unity and diversity, portrays artists and their achievements and explains how China managed to become a global superpower as far as political and economic parameters are regarded.

Geschichte Chinas
By Kai Vogelsang
Published by Reclam (www.reclam.de)

Assigned by the Goethe Institute, a Berlin-based publishing house recently released a reading book for kids. “Hallo, da bin ich” includes entertaining stories and nice illustrations and is therefore a certain help for migrant kids who learn German. On 40 pages, several episodes are featured in the book written by Gunther Schneider and his team, including “I’m so tired” and “Come on, let’s play!”. The characters whose adventures are told in the stories are mice, hedgehogs, rabbits and snails.

Hallo, da bin ich. Deutsch für Kinder.
By Gunther Schneider
Published by Cornelsen (www.cornelsen.de)

Dozens of authors have analysed Third Reich leader Adolf Hitler’s complex relationship to Austria and, in particular, Vienna. Other writers focused on his party’s rise to power across Germany. Now Siedler, a Munich-based publishing house, has released a book in which the whole attention is dedicated to Berlin, the capital of Germany. In “Berlin 1933-1945”, renowned journalists and historians take a closer look at changes in the city’s society and economy between 1933 and 1945. In 1933, Hitler’s National Socialist German Workers’ Party (NSDAP) seized power while 1945 marks the end of World War Two, a conflicts started by his ruthless regime. Berlin was home for globally leading firms but also small enterprises of various trades at that time. Its working class was very dominant. At the same time, Berlin was a key location for the Nazis’ persecution of Germany’s Jewish community.

Berlin 1933-1945
By Michael Wildt and Christoph Kreutzmüller
Published by Siedler (www.siedler-verlag.de)

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