Readership: All those interested in the history of modern Germany and nineteenth century Europe
Jonathan Steinberg, Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Modern European History, University of Pennsylvania
Jonathan Steinberg is the Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Modern European History at the University of Pennsylvania, and Emeritus Fellow, Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He is the author of Yesterday's Deterrent: Tirpitz and the Birth of the German Battle Fleet (1965), Why Switzerland? (2nd ed.1996) and All or Nothing: The Axis and the Holocaust, 1941 to 1943 (classic edition 2002). He was also the principal author of The Deutsche Bank and its Gold Transactions during the Second World War (1999).
"This is an austere and thoughtful book ... Steinberg has given us a major biography." - The Guardian
"Otto von Bismarck became the dominant figure of his era and, as this rich and readable biography shows, had an almost uncanny sense of power. Steinberg's portrait is very much warts and all." - The Sunday Times
"Jonathan Steinbergâs new biography of Bismarck has been widely acclaimed, and rightly so. I read a lot of German history, and this is the most enjoyable German history book I have read in years. As a deeply researched but accessible guide to the life of one of nineteenth-century Europeâs most
compelling and significant political figures, it stands head and shoulders above other Bismarck biographies." - Abigail Green, European History Quarterly
1: Introduction: Bismarck's 'Sovereign Self'
2: Born Prussian and What that Meant
3: Bismarck: The 'Mad Junker'
4: Bismarck Represents Himself, 1847-1851
5: Bismarck as Diplomat, 1851-1862
7: 'I have beaten them all! All!'
8: The Unification of Germany, 1866-1870
9: The Decline Begins: Liberals and Catholics
10: 'The Guest House of the Dead Jew'
11: Three Kaisers and Bismarck's Fall from Power
12: Conclusion. Bismarck's Legacy: Blood and Irony