This book attempts to combine geopolitics, modernization theory and the primacy of foreign policy to provide a fresh perspective on the struggle for mastery in Germany before 1850. Any form of rigid determinism is eschewed; the outcome of this contest was still relatively open in 1780. Nevertheless, the book shows why after the upheavals--domestic and internal--of the revolutionary period, and the geopolitical revolution of 1815, Prussia and not Austria was on the verge of winning the struggle for mastery by mid-century. At every decisive stage along the way, it was Prussia rather than Austria or the "Third Germany" which showed itself capable of socio-economic and (partial) political modernization in order to adapt to external pressures and opportunities.
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Brendan Simms is Fellow and Director of Studies in History, Peterhouse, at Cambridge University.
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Book Description Palgrave Macmillan, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110312213093
Book Description Palgrave Macmillan, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0312213093