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Ordinary Prussians. Brandenburg Junkers and Villagers, 1500-1840

It is refreshing to be told by William Hagen that ‘refractoriness and insubordination proved to be Prussian virtues’.(p. 645) This statement would not be surprising about nineteenth-century Prussian working-class culture, but it is about early modern nobles and peasants. This work is full of such iconoclastic approaches, which the author presents in a captivating, entertainingContinue reading “Ordinary Prussians. Brandenburg Junkers and Villagers, 1500-1840”