The Impact of Napoleon: Prussian High Politics, Foreign by Brendan Simms

By Brendan Simms

This e-book examines Prussia's reaction to Napoleon and Napoleonic expansionism within the years ahead of the crushing defeats of Auerstadt and Jena, a interval of German historical past as untypical because it used to be dramatic. occasions are analyzed on the point of excessive politics, international coverage and the reform of the administrative. The booklet additionally addresses concerns of basic theoretical hindrance reminiscent of excessive politics, geopolitics and the "primacy of international policy". In doing so it is going past whatever that has been tried ahead of, and offers a finished and nuanced photograph of Prussia ahead of 1806.

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62 Cowling, 1867, p. 339. g. see Geoff Eley, 'The view from the throne: the personal rule of Kaiser Wilhelm II', HJ, 20 (1985), 46985. Eley (p. 485) attacks Röhl's view of personal rule as a 'chimera'. ), Kaiser Wilhelm II. New interpretations (Cambridge, 1982), p. 9 and passim. ), Der Ort Kaiser Wilhelms II in der deutschen Geschichte (Munich, 1991), and John Röhl, Kaiser, Hof und Staat. Wilhelm II und die deutsche Politik (Munich, 1987). It is too early to judge the German response to David Barclay, Frederick William IV and the Prussian monarchy, 18401861 (Oxford, 1995), which devotes considerable attention to high-political dimensions.

323, 414, 37, 53 and passim for references to geopolitical factors. 48 See Dag Krienen's review of Alexander Demandt, Deutschlands Grenzen in der Geschichte (Munich, 1990) in Der Staat, 30, 2 (1991), p. 304. 49 Geiss, 'Geographic und Mitte als historische Kategorien', pp. 9823. 50 Cited in Lacoste, Perspektiven einer neuen Geopolitik, p. 24. , p. 57. 1991, p. 6. 53 Paradigmatic: Lewis Namier, The structure of politics at the accession of George III (2nd edn, London, 1961); John Brooke, 'Namier and Namierism', History and Theory, 3 (1964), 335; Alistair Cooke and John Vincent, The governing passion.

64 60 See Michael Bentley, Politics without democracy. Great Britain, 18151914. Perception and preoccupation in British government (Oxford, 1984), pp. 1314. 61 Cowling, 1867, pp. 7, 289. In the same vein see Cooke and Vincent, The governing passion, pp. xiixiii. On the limits to historical knowledge see Patrick Joyce, 'History and post-modernism', P&P, 83 (1991), 201; Lawrence and Taylor, 'The poverty of protest', p. ' 62 Cowling, 1867, p. 339. g. see Geoff Eley, 'The view from the throne: the personal rule of Kaiser Wilhelm II', HJ, 20 (1985), 46985.

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