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

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Penguin UK, Sep 6, 2007 - History - 816 pages
'Of the "Great Powers" that dominated Europe from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries, Prussia is the only one to have vanished ... Iron Kingdom is not just good: it is everything a history book ought to be ... The nemesis of Prussia has cast such a long shadow that German historians have tiptoed around the subject. Thus it was left to an Englishman to write what is surely the best history of Prussia in any language' Sunday Telegraph

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A weird thing about this book is that it explains what was going on in Prussia in detail at multiple points, but assumes that the reader knows exactly what else is going on in other parts of Europe at ... Read full review

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User Review  - MiaCulpa - LibraryThing

This took a long time to get going, and parts of "Iron Kingdom" read like a masters thesis. As such, it took me a year or so to finish and it was only the last section or so, as Prussia grew into the ... Read full review


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Christopher Clark is a lecturer in Modern European History at St Catharine's College, University of Cambridge University. His previous book was a biography of Kaiser Wilhelm II.

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