Blood And Iron: Prussia And The Forging Of Modern Germany 1806 -1914

King's College London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Blood And Iron: Prussia And The Forging Of Modern Germany 1806 -1914

  • Host University

    King's College London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

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  • Overview

    Module description:
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    Germany evolved in the course of the nineteenth century from a loose collection of territories under French domination into a unified state that by 1914 was Europe?s premier industrial and military power. Yet Germany?s stunningly swift progress towards modernity was not all that it seemed. The very speed of industrial development produced a social and political order that in many respects deviated from the pattern followed by Britain and France. In particular, the remarkable durability of the established landed elite, and its continued domination of the organs of the state ? including especially the army ? has long attracted historians interested more broadly in the process loosely described as ?modernisation?. This module analyses the viability of the concept of a ?normal? path to ?modernity?, and of Germany?s ?deviation? from it. In particular, it considers whether it is fair to conclude that Germany?s parliamentary institutions were unviable, and whether this was a product of Germany?s belated national unification and rapid industrialisation.

    Credit level: 5

    Credit value: 15

    Teaching pattern: 10 x 2-hour seminars (weekly)

    Assessment: coursework

    2 x 2,500 word essays (100%

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