Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600-1947

Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600-1947

Christopher Clark

In the aftermath of worldwide warfare II, Prussia--a centuries-old kingdom pivotal to Europe's development--ceased to exist. of their eagerness to erase all lines of the 3rd Reich from the earth, the Allies believed that Prussia, the very embodiment of German militarism, needed to be abolished.

But as Christopher Clark unearths during this pioneering heritage, Prussia's legacy is way extra advanced. even though now a fading reminiscence in Europe's heartland, the real tale of Prussia deals a notable glimpse into the dynamic upward thrust of contemporary Europe.

What we discover is a nation that existed approximately part a millennium in the past as a patchwork of territorial fragments, with neither major assets nor a coherent tradition. With its capital in Berlin, Prussia grew from being a small, terrible, ignored medieval kingdom into essentially the most energetic and robust countries in Europe. Iron Kingdom strains Prussia's involvement within the continent's foundational non secular and political conflagrations: from the devastations of the Thirty Years conflict via centuries of political machinations to the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire, from the enlightenment of Frederick the good to the harmful conquests of Napoleon, and from the "iron and blood" guidelines of Bismarck to the production of the German Empire in 1871, and all that implied for the tumultuous 20th century.

By 1947, Prussia used to be deemed an insupportable danger to the security of Europe; what's usually forgotten, Clark argues, is that it had additionally been an exemplar of the eu humanistic culture, boasting an impressive executive management, an incorruptible civil provider, and non secular tolerance. Clark demonstrates how a country deemed the bane of twentieth-century Europe has performed an incalculable function in Western civilization's fortunes. Iron Kingdom is a definitive, gripping account of Prussia's interesting, influential, and significant function in smooth times.

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