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Author: Christopher Clark Narrator: Shaun Grindell Publisher: Tantor Audio Length: Release Date: February 2017 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781515986027

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In the aftermath of World War II, Prussia—a centuries-old state pivotal to Europe’s development—ceased to exist. In their eagerness to erase all traces of the Third Reich from the earth, the Allies believed that Prussia, the very embodiment of German militarism, had to be abolished. But as Christopher Clark reveals in this pioneering history, Prussia’s legacy is far more complex. What we find is a kingdom that existed nearly half a millennium ago as a patchwork of territorial fragments, with neither significant resources nor a coherent culture. With its capital in Berlin, Prussia grew from being a small, poor, disregarded medieval state into one of the most vigorous and powerful nations in Europe. 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, and all that implied for the tumultuous twentieth century.

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  • 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.

    - New York Times

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " A long but exceptional and great book about the rise of Prussia. Gives much insight into the events of the 19th and 20th centuries. Full of social and religious history. Definitely for someone who wants to know more about the development of modern Germany. "

    - Brendanus, 7/2/2021
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This is an excellent book about a subject that is probably not high on many American's lists of reading priorities. A shame, really, because the book is well-written, contains a wealth of historical information, and provides some insights on people and situations that bear a resemblance to events in our own history. In particular, the "states' rights" conflict between the Junkers and the growing power of the monarchy would seem familiar to many Americans familiar with their own history. Clark also delves into many of the personalities involved as well, and his descriptions make one realize that they were real people. Shaun Grindell's reading is excellent, and adds to the impact of the story. "

    - Edmund Madaj, 6/18/2020

About the Author

Christopher Clark is a professor of modern European history and a fellow of St. Catharine’s College at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600–1947, among other books.

About the Narrator

Shaun Grindell, actor and Earphones Award–winning narrator, was born and raised in Southampton, England. His training includes the Calland School of Speech and Drama and the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in London. He has been seen on stage in London and Las Vegas.