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Iron and Blood: A Military History of the German-speaking Peoples Since 1500

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Wilson provides a bold survey of over half a millennium of warfare…His book is a masterful demonstration of the great potential of the new military history that has emerged over recent decades as scholars, distancing themselves from an older generation mainly interested in chaps and maps, have begun to pay more attention to the social, economic, and political aspects of war.

An encyclopedic survey of the ‘German way of war’ as it developed in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland from the 16th century to the present day…[Wilson] successfully upends a regiment’s worth of prevailing wisdom. He offers an absorbing overview of how slowly changing societal forces—such as fiscal systems, scientific and technological capabilities, ideological and cultural beliefs, and the social background of soldiers—have transformed the use of military force across modern times. Nevertheless, these are minor drawbacks that do not detract significantly from the overall quality of the work. There is a lot of history going on and I frequently had to check on what or who something was and when something occurred.Another book, in English, which puts further nails in the coffin of the idea of Germany's Sonderweg (special path); that it is still necessary at the end of the first quarter of the 21st century shows the persistence of popular, and comforting, myths in popular history. He captures the essence of these tumultuous times, where the German people struggled for identity and unity amidst external pressures and internal strife. T he Germans have, as West Germany’s erudite first president, Theodor Heuss, once ruefully observed, acquired notoriety as ‘ the bellicose nation’.

A very comprehensive tour of German military history from the Middle Ages to modern times (including GWOT). I should also note that the title might be a bit misleading in the sense that this is not an operational military history.We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. Iron and Blood is a timely book , arguing powerfully that 'German history should not be read backwards'. From the author of the acclaimed The Thirty Years War and Heart of Europe, a masterful, landmark reappraisal of German military history, and of the preconceptions about German militarism since before the rise of Prussia and the world wars.

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