‘Iron Kingdom’ Reminds Me Why I’m Proud Of My Prussian Roots

When I was a young boy, I remember my grandfather telling me stories of the great emperors and statesmen of the Prussian Empire. He had moved to Canada after the war, but his glorification of Prussia never ceased. Its soldiers fought gallantly, its academics produced reams of important work invoked even today and its statesmen created what we now know as the modern state. It’s an unfortunate fact of the present that Germans must shudder at the mention of their history. Any conversation will reliably either end or begin loyal to Godwin’s law. There will be no discussion of the […]

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

It’s an unfortunate fact of the present that Germans must shudder at the mention of their history.  Any conversation will reliably either end or begin loyal to Godwin’s law. There will be no discussion of the mature political and economic institutions which created a great civilization out of nothing for hundreds of years in central Europe. Of the empire which produced so much wealth, power, and ingenuity that it will forever live on in its descendants. This is the story of Prussia.  When I was a young boy, I remember my grandfather telling me stories of the great emperors and statesmen […]