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

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

Iron Kingdom traces Prussia's involvement in the continent's foundational religious and political conflagrations: from the devastations of the Thirty Years War through centuries of political machinations to the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire, from the enlightenment of Frederick the Great to the destructive conquests of Napoleon, and from the "iron and blood" policies of Bismarck to the creation of the German Empire in 1871, with all that implied for the tumultuous twentieth century.

Title:Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600–1947
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780674023857
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  • Szplug

    One of the review blurbs on the back cover of Iron Kingdom reminds the reader that Prussia remains Europe's only extinct power, which I found startling upon further reflection; it is a fate similarly ...

  • Karen

    Not history as the history of great men, not history as military history, not history from below but a magnificent, monumental, magisterial blend of all of those. A thoroughly modern history that take...

  • Szplug

    Prussia bearing down on mePressing down on you no man ask for Under Prussia - they burn a building down Hack a family in two Lay people on sheets It's the terror of knowing What this nation is about W...

  • Tim

    I can't say I was filled with excitement at the prospect of reading a thousand page history of Prussia. The state was famed for its bureaucrats rather than its brilliant or bloodthirsty leaders. I app...

  • Tristram Shandy

    Prussia – Land of MythsPrussia, the name alone already evokes a bunch of diverse, often contradictory associations. It makes you think of Frederick II, the philosopher-king, who is renowned for sayi...

  • fourtriplezed

    Very interesting. For those that may not as have been as knowledgeable of Prussian history, this would be as good a place to start as any. I would say that that incudes me. I was not particularly awar...

  • Caroline

    A very enjoyable and comprehensive history of the rise of Prussia and the Hohenzollern dynasty. A strong point is the final chapters on the afterlife of Prussia and its image in Weimar Germany and pos...

  • Andrew

    Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600-1947 by Christopher Clark, is a magisterial history of the Kingdom of Prussia from its earliest beginnings as a union between Brandenburg and the f...

  • Joseph Hirsch

    We hear the word "Prussian" today and think of a disciplined individual, someone with ramrod straight posture, a man abstemious with pleasure except for perhaps slapping his horse with a riding crop. ...

  • Czarny Pies

    As the Wolfson Prize is a very reliable barometer, it came as no surprise to me that the Iron Kingdom was an extremely good book. I enjoyed reading it greatly and came away feeling that I had acquired...