The Evolution of Prussia, the Making of an Empire

The Evolution of Prussia, the Making of an Empire

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The Evolution of Prussia, the Making of an Empire

The Evolution of Prussia, the Making of an Empire

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This book represents a preliminary attempt to fill a conspicuous and somewhat discreditable gap in our historical literature. There are useful chapters on the history of Prussia in many text-books of general European history; there are excellent monographs on special periods, such as the English translation of Ranke Memoirs of Brandenburg, or Mr. Fisher's study of Napoleonic Germany; there are well-known biographies, such as Carlyle Frederick and Seeley Stein. But we are not aware of any work which fulfils the purpose which we have had in view. We have attempted to set forth the story of the rise and development of Brandenburg-Prussia and the later Prussianization of Germany under the Hohenzollern dynasty, and to set it forth, briefly and simply, but as a connected whole and with due regard to the claims of historical scholarship. We have deemed it wise to bring the narrative to a close with the fall of Bismarck, since the events of the last twenty-five years have not yet fallen into historical perspective, and cannot be disentangled from political controversy; but, for the convenience of readers, the main facts have been succinctly narrated in an epilogue.

Original research on Brandenburg-Prussian history has already been exhaustively carried out by many scholars . . .

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