Book cover of Iron and Blood: A Military History of the German-Speaking Peoples since 1500  by Peter Wilsonby Peter Wilson

From the author of the acclaimed The Thirty Years War and Heart of Europe, a masterful, landmark reappraisal of German military history, and of the preconceptions about German militarism since before the rise of Prussia and the world wars.

German military history is typically viewed as an inexorable march to the rise of Prussia and the two world wars, the road paved by militarism and the result a specifically German way of war. Peter Wilson challenges this narrative. Looking beyond Prussia to German-speaking Europe across the last five centuries, Wilson finds little unique or preordained in German militarism or warfighting.

Interview with the Author

Podcast art for School of WarSchool of War
Ep 68: Peter H. Wilson on the Military History of the German-Speaking Peoples
4/11/23        42 min


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