At the beginning of the eighteenth century Prussia was but one in a mosaic of German states, but it rose to be the unchallenged leader of German-speaking Europe after the fall of Napoleon. The book goes beyond the political, military and diplomatic concerns of the Prussian elite, whose record of events is the one upon which most histories of Prussia are based, and explains its rise in relation to Prussian society as a whole. Political analysis is integrated with material on such areas as agrarian society, urban life and religion, which are not fully examined in existing histories.

chapter |26 pages


The rise of Prussia
ByPhilip G. Dwyer

part One|63 pages

Politics, religion and society

chapter Chapter Two|21 pages

Frederick William I and the beginnings of Prussian absolutism, 1713–1740

ByRodney Gothelf

chapter Chapter Three|21 pages

Piety, politics and society: Pietism in eighteenth-century Prussia

ByChristopher Clark

chapter Chapter Four|19 pages

Prussia and the Enlightenment

ByJohan van der Zande

part Two|42 pages

The rural and urban environment

chapter Chapter Five|18 pages

The transformation of the rural economy in East Elbian Prussia, 1750–1830

ByEdgar Melton

chapter Chapter Six|22 pages

The development of the Prussian town, 1720–1815

ByKarin Friedrich

part Three|86 pages

The state and the army

chapter Chapter Seven|24 pages

Prussia’s emergence as a European great power, 1740–1763

ByH. M. Scott

chapter Chapter Eight|24 pages

1763–1786: the Second Reign of Frederick the Great?

ByH. M. Scott

chapter Chapter Nine|19 pages

The Prussian military state, 1763–1806*

ByHagen Schulze

chapter Chapter Ten|17 pages

Prussia’s army: continuity and change, 1713–1830

ByDennis Showalter

part Four|41 pages

Prussia, the French Revolution and Napoleon

chapter Chapter Eleven|20 pages

Prussia during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, 1786–1815

ByPhilip G. Dwyer

chapter Chapter Twelve|19 pages

The Prussian Reform Movement and the rise of enlightened nationalism

ByMatthew Levinger