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Combining historical documentation with travel narrative and personal interview, Roy's prose is frequently heavy on narration and light on history. The Vanished Kingdom succeeds, however, in succinctly chronicling significant events in Prussian history, such as Bismarck's rise to power and Germany's World War I victory at Tannenberg. Maps, historical and contemporary photographs, and an extensive bibliography supplement Roy's study. An introduction by Amos Elon brings the history of Prussia up to the present day with its examination of East Prussia's former capital, Königsberg, which was incorporated into Russian territory in 1945. The fate of the city, today physically and economically devastated, remains precarious; will it return to Germany or remain a Russian territory? Together, Roy and Elon provide a comprehensive overview of Prussia's past, present, and future. --Bertina Loeffler Sedlack
This book is a bonanza for anyone interested in the history of Central and Eastern Europe.
Along with this travelogue, he fluently blends the turbulent history of Prussia, from the Teutonic Knights to Bismarck, and from Frederick the Great to Von Hindenburg.
I picked up this book because i want it to start reading about Prussian History and i wasnt dissapointed.
I wonder if Germany doesn’t owe these lands to Poland for all the Polish Eastern Territories, that it sold to Soviet Union in 1939 and Poland will never see again. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Edmund Kulaj
This is a travel book through the modern day countries that made up Prussia. i thought it was the history of the Prussia, which is why I bought it.Published 9 months ago by Daniel W. Mccurry
The book "Vanished Kingdom" was in excellent condition and the purchase process was very easy. I would recommend this to anyone interested in the book.Published 11 months ago by Todd S. Rubley
I enjoyed this book, it is about time someone told a different history of Prussia. However, the author has nothing nice to say about the Poles or Russians who now inhabit the area. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Tinhatter
I finished this marvellous book a few hours ago and enjoyed it tremendously; the author did something with his writing that I should have come across before but have yet to see in... Read morePublished on October 11, 2011 by Tim Johnson
The author's travelogue-history is well written and engaging. Alas, his pro-German bias skews his narrative. Read morePublished on June 6, 2011 by H. Campbell
Loved it! I took this book with me as I toured Berlin and Western Poland, and I gained more of a sense of place by reading it along the way. Read morePublished on July 4, 2008 by Blake