In little more than two centuries Prussia rose from medieval obscurity and the devastation of the Thirty Years War to become the dominant power of continental Europe. Her rulers rose from Electors to Kings, and from Kings to Emperors. It is a dramatic story, and H. W. Koch fills a major gap in English-language literature with this comprehensive account. It traces the origins and rise of the Prussian state from the thirteenth century to the causes and consequences of its incorporation into the German Empire.

chapter 1|22 pages

The Teutonic Order

chapter 2|20 pages

Brandenburg and Prussia

chapter 3|22 pages

The Great Elector

chapter 4|13 pages

From duchy to kingdom

chapter 5|24 pages

Frederick William I

chapter 6|38 pages

Frederick the Great

chapter 7|23 pages

Prussian absolutism in crisis

chapter 8|25 pages

The Prussian Reform Movement

chapter 9|18 pages

The War of Liberation

chapter 10|21 pages


chapter 11|21 pages

Frederick William IV

chapter 12|24 pages

Prussia and Germany 1860-1871

chapter 13|12 pages

Prussia in Germany

chapter 14|6 pages

The end of Prussia