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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
I enjoyed it because it was telling a story about my families past.Published 3 months ago by EW Rafalske
The author presented interesting insights into this era of history or Northern Europe. It was well worth the read even though the use of a present day travel log organization got... Read morePublished 4 months ago by R. Benson
They say that "Kentucky" meant "dark and bloody ground" in some Native American language. That may or may not be true, but in world bloodshed sweepstakes, that American state... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bob Newman
Fascinating book on the History of east Prussia the easternmost province of prewar Germany. This,was,the land of the Teutonic Knights and their fight against the heathen hoards. Read morePublished 8 months ago by classical fan
I bought this for our family to read as we have discovered we have ancestors from this region and timeframe. We all found it a little hard to get into. I haven't given up on it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by melz
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 13 months ago by Edmund Kulaj