A Concise History of Germany

I was talking to myself the other day, I said, “Self, what do you really know about the history of Germany?” and after scratching my head in perplexity, I decided to remedy that by way of this highly rated history book. May I amend that to say highly unengaging history book?
There is absolutely no need in a “concise” history of Germany to belabor both sides of a point ad nauseum. For example, either the French Revolution hastened political reform or it didn’t, and Fulbrook tapdances around this issue by proving both sides are true but never takes a stand. Take a stand! Make history something readable and memorable. For Godssake, do your research and be confident about your stand, don’t waffle.
I was surprised how quickly she brought up Hitler (1st paragraph). Does Hitler define all of German history? Seems like that credits him with a helluva lot. Also, Hitler was Austrian. Figures.
So my condensed version of Fulbrook’s concise history is:
Germany is smack dab in the middle of Europe, thus influenced or engaged by most of the wars from Roman times onward. Prussia rose to prominence after the 30 Years war. Germany was mostly a loose confederation of states vaguely Holy Roman Empire ruled, Prussia vs. Austria vs. Switzerland vs. Bavaria. Prussia dominated Austria b/c of strong economic ties to other German states via a trade union that Austria refused to be in. French Revolution solidified political reform in Germany. The widespread revolutions in 1848 first brought power to the left, but when they deliberated too long, the conservatives sprung into action to seize control. Religion always played a huge part of life in Germany– Martin Luther’s proclamation of church abuses. Culture-wise, the Germans were stocked with winners- Goethe, Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Handel, Freud, Mann, Marx. Which is why I’m drawn to the Germans, that brain history. Only this book does no service in helping you draw conclusions.