Prussia: The Perversion of an Idea

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46 years ago, the Allied Control Council produced the final obsequies of a state which "from its earliest days had been a bearer of militarism and reaction in Germany". With this laconic text, Prussia, with its near millennium of history as one of the frontier states of Christian Europe, was cast away. To many contemporaries, the gesture had a futile ring to it. This book attempts to examine Prussia over the years following the creation of the German Empire in 1871. It shows how severe virtues were weathered away by the new imperial idea. It analyzes all aspects of Prussian life, from the Hohenzollern monarchy to sexuality, and from the arts to the importance of the army. It explains how the idea of "Prussianism" lay behind every aspect of the state, worshipped by some and feared by others. Prussia has been seen as a scapegoat for Nazi Germany. The author questions the truth behind these charges, examines the historical background and looks at the traces which remain today. Giles MacDonogh has also written "A Good German: Adam von Trott zu Solz", a study of the German opposition to Hitler.

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The rise of Prussia is an extraordinary, improbably true story of state building. Over two centuries its House of Hohenzollern elevated its ruling status to margrave of Brandenburg, king of Prussia, and finally Emperor of Germany. Portions of this topically arranged history trace the dynastic fortunes of the Hohenzollern heads, especially Frederick the Great and William II, but MacDonogh directs most of his attention to the institutions that characterized "Prussianism," namely the spirit of obedience that animated the army, civil service, and educational system. Chronology suffers from this arrangement, but for readers partial to a nation's customs and mores, and less hungary for a narrative of its significant events, MacDonogh creatively cuts against the conventional grain. The chapters on the soldier's regimen in the nineteenth century and the influence of the Junker officer corps are pretty standard fare, but not every historian devotes, as does MacDonogh, a chapter to homosexuality in the ranks. From there he alights upon Prussia's maltreatment of national and religious minorities and then resumes a chronological thread with Prussia's disappearance as a distinct entity within Germany. A well-informed work, useful in larger libraries. Gilbert Taylor

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