The Vanished Kingdom: Travels Through The History Of Prussia

Twice in this century, Germany initiated wars of unimagined terror and destruction In both cases, defense of the Prussian realm, the German homeland, was the perceived and vilified perpetrator Few today understand with any precision what Prussia means, either geographically or nationalistically, but neither would they deny the psychic resonance of the single word ToTwice in this century, Germany initiated wars of unimagined terror and destruction In both cases, defense of the Prussian realm, the German homeland, was the perceived and vilified perpetrator Few today understand with any precision what Prussia means, either geographically or nationalistically, but neither would they deny the psychic resonance of the single word To most, it means unbridled aggression, the image of the goose stepping Junker.But what was once Prussia is now a significant portion of Eastern Europe, a contested homeland first won by Christian knights of the Teutonic Order For centuries thereafter its terrain has been crisscrossed by war and partitioned by barbed wire In its final catastrophe of 1945, nearly two million German refugees fled the region as Russian armies broke the eastern front, perhaps the greatest dislocation of a civilian population at any time during World War II With the Berlin Wall now a memory and the Soviet Union in a state of collapse, this remains a geography in shambles Modern travelers can now, for the first time in decades, see and ponder for themselves what Prussia really was and now is.James Charles Roy and Amos Elon, two writers noted for their inquisitive natures, have gone to search through the rubble themselves They intermingle present day observations with moving vignettes from the German and Prussian past, sketching a portrait of the Europe we know today The story is spiced with interviews and reminiscences, unforgettable in their sadness, of people looking back at a life now gone, a life full of turmoil and heartache, memories both fond and tragic The final result a far deeper understanding of the tattered lands of today s Eastern Europe.
The Vanished Kingdom Travels Through The History Of Prussia Twice in this century Germany initiated wars of unimagined terror and destruction In both cases defense of the Prussian realm the German homeland was the perceived and vilified perpetrator Few tod

  • Title: The Vanished Kingdom: Travels Through The History Of Prussia
  • Author: James Charles Roy
  • ISBN: 9780813337937
  • Page: 297
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. I read James Charles Roy's The Vanished Kingdom because I have German family who fled from East Prussia during the end of World War II, and wanted to learn more about their experience and Prussian history. Without question, this book taught me many things I didn't know about before: the Teutonic Knights, the Battle of Grunwald/Tannenberg, the Polish Corridor, etc. It also contained several personal accounts from Germans who lived in East Prussia through WWII, thereby giving me additional perspec [...]

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    3. Perhaps August 2010 was a month for books about “places you can’t go back to,” as along with Constantinople's fall in 1453 I also read this excellent examination of Prussia. There is still a Prussia in modern Germany, of course, but much of what was Prussia before World War II has been “written over” a good deal more effectively than even Christian Constantinople. The Vanished Kingdom mixes a history of Prussia with the author’s explorations of the now thoroughly Polish region, and c [...]

    4. I've gotten interested in genealogy, and my maternal grandmother's side of the family was Prussian. (FYI: total nightmare trying to find genealogy records for countries that no longer exist or were absorbed by other countries.) Prussia started out as simply a geographic designation on a map to me. Then one day I called my grandmother up to help me with my research and I asked her what Prussian signified - was it German? Was it Polish? What exactly was it? She answered: "Eh. It is what it is. Pru [...]

    5. The book is a little outdated (copyright 1999) so some of the author's thoughts about the future are obe. That being said, this book gave me a much better understanding of German history and especially that the Prussia. Highly recommend this to anyone interested in the history of Germany and Europe.

    6. Interesting exploration of a Prussian nation that shaped european history and that has now been obliterated from the map. very readable, blends opinion, historical facts, and interviews with Germans and Poles.

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