Gold and Iron

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Mar 6, 2013 - History - 672 pages
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Winner of the Lionel Trilling Award
Nominated for the National Book Award
“A major contribution to our understanding of some of the great themes of modern European history—the relations between Jews and Germans, between economics and politics, between banking and diplomacy.” —James Joll, The New York Times Book Review
“I cannot praise this book too highly. It is a work of original scholarship, both exact and profound. It restores a buried chapter of history and penetrates, with insight and understanding, one of the most disturbing historical problems of modern times.” —Hugh J. Trevor-Roper, London Sunday Times
“[An] extraordinary book, an invaluable contribution to our understanding of Germany in the second half of the nineteenth century.” —Stanley Hoffman, Washington Post Book World
“One of the most important historical works of the past few decades.” —Golo Mann
“In many ways this book resembles the great nineteenth-century novels.” —The Economist
 

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Contents

Junker and
3
Bismarcks Struggle for Survival
20
Between the Throne and the Gallows
48
A Bankers Share in Bismarcks Triumph
81
Bismarcks Purse and Bleichröders Place
96
The Third
121
Hubris in Versailles
145
A New Baron in a New Berlin
159
The World of Banking and Diplomacy
304
The Triumph of Expediency
351
The Reluctant Colonialist
394
The Fall of Bismarck
436
Part Three The Anguish of Assimilation
461
The Fall of a Family
542
Notes
551
226
584

Imperial Style in Politics and Economics
176
Greed and Intrigue
226
The Fourth Estate
262
The Prince Enriched
280
Acknowledgments
597
Index
603
262
606
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Fritz Stern, University Professor Emeritus and former provost at Columbia University, is the author of many works of European history, including "Gold and Iron: ""Bismarck,"" Bleichroder and the Building of the German Empire "and "Einstein's German World,

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