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Theme-Park Prussia

David Blackbourn

24 November 1994
Prussia: The Perversion of an Idea 
by Giles MacDonogh.
Sinclair-Stevenson, 456 pp., £20, July 1994, 1 85619 267 9
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... of party democracy. Life looked more attractive in theme-park Prussia, where the themes were duty, obedience and discipline. These, the Prussian virtues and the Prussian vices, are also the themes of GilesMacDonogh’s book. He believes that the good outweighed the bad: the problem of modern German history lay in Prussian weakness, not strength, as the spartan virtues were lost in the grandeur of ...
22 February 1990
A Good German: Adam von Trott zu Solz 
by Giles MacDonogh.
Quartet, 358 pp., £17.95, January 1990, 0 7043 2730 9
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... at all could escape haunting by his heroic and gruesome death. The familiar photograph of him listening to the judge pronouncing the death sentence has become a tragic icon. It can be seen again in MacDonogh’s book, and on this page. From the middle Thirties onwards, some of Trott’s English acquaintances and even some of his friends lost faith in him and suspected him of being a Nazi fellow-traveller ...

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