Iron Kingdom

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

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With its capital in Berlin, Prussia grew from being a small, poor, disregarded medieval state into one of the most vigorous and powerful countries in Europe, the scourge of its many enemies and, ultimately, the motor behind the creation of the German Empire in 1871 with all that implied for the 20th century.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 800 pages
  • 157.5 x 236.2 x 53.3mm | 1,292.75g
  • HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • The Belknap Press
  • Cambridge, Mass., United States
  • English
  • US ed
  • Illustrations, maps, ports
  • 0674023854
  • 9780674023857

Review quote

"Iron Kingdom", Christopher Clark's stately, authoritative history of Prussia from its humble beginnings to its ignominious end, presents a much more complicated and compelling picture of the German state, which is too often reduced to a caricature of spiked helmets and polished boots. Prussia and its army were inseparable, but Prussia was also renowned for its efficient, incorruptible civil service; its innovative system of social services; its religious tolerance; and its unrivaled education system, a model for the rest of Germany and the world. This too was Prussia--a tormented kingdom that, like a tragic hero, was brought down by the very qualities that raised it up. Mr. Clark, a senior lecturer in modern European history at Cambridge University, does an exemplary job. A lively writer, he organizes masses of material in orderly fashion, clearly establishing his main themes and pausing at crucial junctures to recapitulate and reconsider. Prussia, a self-invented artifact right downshow more