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The roots of 20th-century German aggression

1 October 2022

9:00 AM

1 October 2022

9:00 AM

Iron and Blood: A Military History of the German-Speaking Peoples Since 1500 Peter Wilson

Allen Lane, pp.877, 40

It is the contention of Peter Wilson, professor of the history of war at Oxford University and the author of an acclaimed history of the Thirty Years’ War, that military historians have focused too much on the German wars of the 20th century in trying to understand German ‘militarism’ as a distinctive characteristic – a ‘genius for war’ imitated by others.

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