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Men’s Book Group

March 8 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

St. John’s Men’s Book Group will meet Wednesday, March 8 at 7:30 pm to discuss Blood and Iron: The Rise and Fall of the German Empire, 1871-1918 by Ktja Hoyer.

In Blood and Iron, Hoyer provides a sweeping, succinct history of the second German Reich. She explains that this Empire was forged out of a patchwork of 39 rival Catholic and Protestant states by a brilliant statesman, Otto von Bismarck. Bismarck knew that these states could not be unified absent a threat to their existence. So he deftly engineered a war with their historic enemy, France. The plan succeeded brilliantly. The German states crush France in 1871, and a unified German state is born. Hoyer tells us that Bismarck thereafter focused primarily on internal actions to unite these disparate peoples. But, when the vain, glory-seeking Kaiser Wilhelm II succeeds to the throne, Bismarck is forced out and Germany begins to pursue a bellicose strategy that eventually brings the world closer to world war.

The meeting will be hybrid–both in-person and online.   Please contact Earle O’Donnell for metting details.  Newcomers are always welcome.



March 8
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Men’s Book Group


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