Gloucester History Festival: Katja Hoyer on Blood and Iron

Join Katja Hoyer at the Gloucester History Festival!


Sunday 18th April, 2021 @ 4:00 pm

  • In Conversation
  • Online event


About the Event

Before 1871, Germany was not a nation but an idea. It’s founder, Otto von Bismarck, had a formidable task at hand. How would he bring 39 individual states under the yoke of a single Kaiser? Could the young European nation build enough power to rival the empires of Britain and France? In a unique study of five decades that changed the course of modern history, leading historian Katja Hoyer tells the enthralling story of the German Empire from its violent rise to its spectacular fall at the end of the First World War. It’s a tale of self-discovery, social upheaval and realpolitik that ended, as it started, in blood and iron. 

One of the most acclaimed history books published this Spring, described by Michael Portillo as ‘lively and accessible’ and by Andrew Roberts as ‘the best biography of the Second Reich in years…’ she joins the History Festival to bring to life the dramatic and extraordinary story of the German Empire.


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About the Book

Blood and Iron: The Rise and Fall of the Germany Empire 1871-1918
Blood and Iron: The Rise and Fall of the Germany Empire 1871-1918

Katja Hoyer

Publisher:The History Press Ltd

Publication date:14 Jan 2021


3.70 out of 5
5 reviews
"a balanced and hugely accessible introduction to the age when Germany became Germany"
The Times
"nuanced and thoughtful"
The Sunday Telegraph
"Her thesis is bold and simple."
The Spectator
"The themes... give an impressive depth and coherence to Hoyer’s tightly written narrative"
Financial Times
"The real lesson of her book, in fact, is simple. If you’re going to fight wars, make sure you win them."
The Sunday Times

The enthralling story of the German Empire, from its violent rise to its spectacular fall