February 15th in German History: The Peace of Hubertsburg

Often, war is not what determines the fate of nations, but what confirms it. Before the Third Silesian War Prussia was already a growing power. Active kings had built up the Prussian military and had secured its control over the wealthy province of Silesia. While most of the world still thought of Prussia as aContinue reading “February 15th in German History: The Peace of Hubertsburg”

July 20th in German History: The Prussian Coup

Three days ago, I discussed Altona Bloody Sunday, a deadly riot in the city of Altona that occurred in 1932. That riot served as the pretext for the Preussenschlag, the overthrow of the government of the Free state of Prussia by Fritz von Papen on July 20th, 1932. In the Weimar Republic, the Free stateContinue reading “July 20th in German History: The Prussian Coup”

May 27th in German History: The Sinking of the Bismarck

The German battleship Bismarck was the pride of the German Navy and the terror of the Allies, or at least of the allied media. The Bismarck was the largest battleship in the world when it was built. It was built with the intent of returning the German surface fleet to a place of prominence similarContinue reading “May 27th in German History: The Sinking of the Bismarck”

Today in German History, March 29th

While the Treaty of Versailles was certainly not merciful to Germany, the retribution exacted by the Allied Powers after the Second World War was far harsher. The Allied Powers took a third of Germany’s pre-war territory, most notably the region of East Prussia. In doing so they destroyed Prussia as a sub-national entity. The GermansContinue reading “Today in German History, March 29th”