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Before 1871, Germany was not a nation but 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, convincing 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 Fra Before 1871, Germany was not a nation but 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, convincing 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 a 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. It is a dramatic tale of national self-discovery, social upheaval and realpolitik that ended, as it started, in blood and iron.


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Before 1871, Germany was not a nation but 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, convincing 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 Fra Before 1871, Germany was not a nation but 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, convincing 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 a 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. It is a dramatic tale of national self-discovery, social upheaval and realpolitik that ended, as it started, in blood and iron.

30 review for Blood and Iron: The Rise and Fall of the German Empire 1871–1918

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jack Haugh

    A joy from start to finish and the perfect introduction to an important period of history.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Macbishop

    Excellent. Lucid and very readable.

  3. 5 out of 5

    James Bartlett

    This niche period of interests me, but I was expecting quite a difficult read. However, it’s excellently written and engaging.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Douglas Elliott

    An insight into an often overlooked part of modern German history but yet incredibly important in what patterns there were in socio-political and socio-economic aspects of Germany for what would come later. Hoyer's work neatly encapsulates Bismarckian realpolitik, the attempts at personal rule by Wilhelm II, as well as the social, cultural, and economic issues of the periods. If you want an introduction to this period or a fresh update then you can't go far wrong with picking up this book. An insight into an often overlooked part of modern German history but yet incredibly important in what patterns there were in socio-political and socio-economic aspects of Germany for what would come later. Hoyer's work neatly encapsulates Bismarckian realpolitik, the attempts at personal rule by Wilhelm II, as well as the social, cultural, and economic issues of the periods. If you want an introduction to this period or a fresh update then you can't go far wrong with picking up this book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jon

    Concise An interesting history of the Kaiserreich, but a remarkably short one. Many points and themes could have been profitably expanded upon, I think. What there is, however, is well researched and well told, if perhaps a little dry in places.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nathan

    A great introduction to the period, easy to read and a extensive bibliography for further research. A great achievement for first time author Katja Hoyer!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ed

    A quality book that lucidly brings to life an important period of history that will make my history teaching better and was quite fascinating.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Aidan Anderson

    Great book on German history. Would highly recommend!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dryan1066

    Excellent short history of second reich. Only reason not 5 stars too short!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Topic Hacker

    A well-written book Vary informative! Rich in sources and masterfully written A must-read for anyone, interested in history, especially pre-WW1 history. A new point of view·

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