Book Review / April 18, 2021
Book Review - Iron Kingdom

Iron Kingdom

The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600–1947
By: Christopher Clark

Book Review

Listened to this as an audio book, and was pleased enough with it that I ordered the hardcopy and hope read it again in the next few years. I am very pleased with how Clark developed the historical fabric, and I would be glad to read any other books he wrote.

One of my big take-aways from this book is the Prussian Nationalism, its relationship to religion and politics, and how that relates to the United States today. It is very easy to make your assessment of another country based on what it is infamous for - World Wars 1 and 2 in Germany's case. However, as is the case with any person you interact with on an individual basis, it is a mistake to evaluate an individual or a country without considering where they are coming from. People are prone to make this mistake over and over again - myself included.

This book can help us consider this in light of our prevailing view of World War Germany and how they got there. Looking forward to spending more time with these lessons in the years to come.

Book Review / Apr 18
Book Review - Iron Kingdom

Iron Kingdom

The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600–1947
By: Christopher Clark

Book Review

Listened to this as an audio book, and was pleased enough with it that I ordered the hardcopy and hope read it again in the next few years. I am very pleased with how Clark developed the historical fabric, and I would be glad to read any other books he wrote.

One of my big take-aways from this book is the Prussian Nationalism, its relationship to religion and politics, and how that relates to the United States today. It is very easy to make your assessment of another country based on what it is infamous for - World Wars 1 and 2 in Germany's case. However, as is the case with any person you interact with on an individual basis, it is a mistake to evaluate an individual or a country without considering where they are coming from. People are prone to make this mistake over and over again - myself included.

This book can help us consider this in light of our prevailing view of World War Germany and how they got there. Looking forward to spending more time with these lessons in the years to come.

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