Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600-1947 Paperback – 6 Sep 2007
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
A magisterial history of Europe's only extinct power, nuanced, dispassionate and utterly gripping' -- Financial Times
`A terrific book ... the definitive history of this much-maligned state' -- Daily Telegraph Books of the Year
`Exemplary ... an illuminating, profoundly satisfying work of history' -- The New York Times
`The best history of Prussia in any language' -- Sunday Telegraph
`Written with great clarity and vigour ... I was completely hooked' -- Antonia Fraser, Guardian Books of the Year
'...thorough, sensitive and well-written'
-- Justin Cartwright, Spectator Books of the Year
From the Back Cover
`Fascinating ... masterly ... littered with intriguing detail and wry observation' Richard Overy, Daily TelegraphSee all Product Description
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
Clark analyzes the transformation of the Prussian empire from its small Brandenburg origins to the dominant European power it became. The book covers all the major rulers from the Great Elector to Frederick the Great to Kaiser "Willy", and examines in detail the social, political, economic and military issues that played such a part in the development of Prussia. Where Clark especially shines is the detail of the empire's early years with the Great Elector and his two successors. In this era Prussia gained extensive swaths of territory through alliances and marriages, even as it went through internal and religious strife at home. Clark has clearly done his homework, scouring through dusty archives and examining in multiple languages the papers of the empire, most notably the Political Testaments (a letter of sorts to the next King) of the early Kings. Clark examines the successes of the Prussian military machine, with its strength of the canton regimental system, and the growth of the civil service and judiciary. The political maneuverings between Prussia, France, England, Russia, and Austria make for fascinating reading, with Prussia somehow managing to come out ahead more often than not (conversely, Austria managed to always find a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory).
This is a large book, and takes a while to get through.Read more ›
Who can honestly say they know anything about Prussia? When I first came across the place at school, I could not understand how there could be two states with such similar names - Prussia and Russia; and it took a long time to understand the relationship between historic Prussia and present-day Germany. Clark shows very well how this grew, but also how complex the relationship was; and how the dominance of Prussia within the German Empire between 1870 and 1914, together with the uncertain position of the Kaiser and the Army in the imperial constitution, was responsible for many of Germany's problems.
Clark tells some familiar stories - for example about Frederick the Great's invasion of Silesia and his tragic relationship with his friend Von Katte, and about the Captain of Kopenick - but he also explains some unfamiliar problems of German history.Read more ›
Even on the rare occasions that I feared the author was getting off the main subject, e.g. his detailed treatment of the Pietist religious movement in the late 17th and early 18th centuries, I came out feeling that this was all highly relevant to the main theme. Indeed, I now feel I understand much better the reasons for and effects of that peculiar blend of insecurity and confidence, indeed at times arrogance, that drove much of Prussian history and was typified in the person of Wilhelm II. At the same time it shows clearly that there was never a uniformity of Prussion thought and culture, and that there were always elements that were at odds with what became perceived as rigid Prussian stereotypes.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very well written using precise language. Insuffficient attention given to the collapse of the German economy and its effect on politics in the early 1930s.Published 3 months ago by Trollope
bought this for a friend who was in to german history as a present they really enjoyed reading itPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
This account is full of detail, which means you need to read carefully and, if you are like me, repeat some passages. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Badger