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Iron Kingdom Audiobook

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

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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 20th century.

©2006 Christopher Clark (P)2017 Tantor

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    "Avoided endless stories about world wars"

    This is a great book because it sticks to the topic: Prussia. It covers social issues and economic issues and is very interesting as to the development of Europe. Once Germany is formed Prussia becomes dominant and the nation turns in a giant barracks. There is discussion of the world wars but at 20,000 feet and the consequences of Prussian militarism become apparent. Highly recommended.

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    Bill Root 04-06-17
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    "Excellent Overview"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book both as a lesson in history and culture. Clark dives right in to the alliances and conflicts of the 17th century Holy Roman Empire. The first chapter is a bit of a whirlwind and I found myself reading articles in other publications to fill myself in on historical events discussed in this book so that I could keep up with the author. My patience and extra studies paid off though. The book is an excellent read, providing incites as to what defined Prussia as a state, and how it's place in history affect our understanding of the German people. I highly recommend this book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mike 03-13-17
    Mike 03-13-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Very Interesting... Alot of names and places."
    What made the experience of listening to Iron Kingdom the most enjoyable?

    Hearing a history of a people I did not know much about.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Iron Kingdom?

    Description of the general populations during the times of war.


    Any additional comments?

    Very in depth - sometimes to in depth for me . LOL

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joan C Conner 03-24-17
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    "great book, easy to listen to, well written"

    great book, easy to listen to, well written and great narration. look forward to more from author and narrator

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    Amazon Customer 03-02-17 Member Since 2016

    Enjoy Pulitzer Prize(wish) History, Bio, General Non-fiction + science, economics, books. Big fan of World War 1 books.

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    "I Recommend This Great Book... (now that technical problem is fixed)"

    This book gives lots of context for the German Empire which helps explain the course of the Great War.

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    "Intellectually​ Honest and Clearly Written"

    This work is clean, massive, and source based: it is everything I look for in a work of history.

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    adesegun agbebiyi 04-10-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic read"

    I really enjoyed this as it finally provided information on Prussia and it's curious disappearance from Europe.

    Narrative stayed true to Prussian history and didn't get bogged down with military history that is important for Prussia's emergence.

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    "A good book poorly read"

    Much good information, but the reader had a terrible time with German words and many English ones. "Cologne (Koln)" and "cadre" were particularly poorly pronounced.

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    Bdiddy PA 03-10-17
    Bdiddy PA 03-10-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Exact opposite of expectations"
    What would have made Iron Kingdom better?

    Loved author's book sleepwalkers so got this, but the author made a 90 degree turn at some point. One of my favorite things about sleepwalkers was his ability to step back and address every angle on a subject acedemiclly on topic that has emotional attachment for many, However this book promotes a very specific view, which given the authors other work made me perk up to start pulling books to referane things.

    The audio sucks.Narrator is good, the book sounds like it was recorded with the engineer leaning on a speed button. The default 1x speed is really 2x but when you try to slow it down to .75x it is actually that speed, so your choice is listing to it on fast forward or painfully slow,


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    kbreezy Twin Cities, MN 04-25-17
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    "Immensely detailed, poorly narrated"

    A great, exceptionally detailed breakdown of Prussia's origins and how it became the core of the modern Germany.

    However...I agree with some of the other reviews in so far as the narrator is concerned. Politicians Hindenbooorg and Beet Man Hollweg. The Oooder river. The philosophers Heegle and Immanwheel Kant. The cities of Frank Fort and Colonya (Cologne). It starts to grate after a while. If you can get past that, it's worth a listen.

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