Blood and Iron: The Rise and Fall of the German Empire

Blood and Iron: The Rise and Fall of the German Empire

by Katja Hoyer
Blood and Iron: The Rise and Fall of the German Empire

Blood and Iron: The Rise and Fall of the German Empire

by Katja Hoyer

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Overview

In this vivid fifty-year history of Germany from 1871-1918—which inspired events that forever changed the European continent—here is the story of the Second Reich from its violent beginnings and rise to power to its calamitous defeat in the First World War.

Before 1871, Germany was not yet nation but simply an idea.

Its founder, Otto von Bismarck, had a formidable task at hand. How would he bring thirty-nine individual states under the yoke of a single Kaiser?  How would he convince proud Prussians, Bavarians, and Rhinelanders to become Germans? Once united, could the young European nation wield enough power to rival the empires of Britain and France—all without destroying itself in the process?

In this unique study of five decades that changed the course of modern history, Katja Hoyer tells the story of the German Empire from its violent beginnings to its calamitous defeat in the First World War.

This often startling narrative is a dramatic tale of national self-discovery, social upheaval, and realpolitik that ended, as it started, in blood and iron.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781643138381
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 12/07/2021
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: eBook
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 450,017
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

Katja Hoyer is a German-British historian specializing in modern German history. She was born in East Germany and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in London and a Visiting Research Fellow at King's College London. She is a columnist for the Washington Post and has written for History Today and the BBC's History Extra. Katja now lives in Sussex, England.

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

1 Rise 1815-71 15

2 Bismarck's Reich 1871-88 59

3 Three Emperors and a Chancellor 1888-90 117

4 Wilhelm's Reich 1890-1914 127

5 Catastrophe 1914-18 187

Conclusions: The End? 235

Bibliography 241

Index 249

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