Time and Power: Visions of History in German Politics, from the Thirty Years' War to the Third Reich

From the bestselling author of The Sleepwalkers, a book about how the exercise of power is shaped by different concepts of time


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Published (US):
Apr 13, 2021
Published (UK):
May 4, 2021
5.5 x 8.5 in.

12 b/w illus.
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This groundbreaking book presents new perspectives on how the exercise of power is shaped by different notions of time. Acclaimed historian Christopher Clark draws on four key figures from German history—Friedrich Wilhelm of Brandenburg-Prussia, Frederick the Great, Otto von Bismarck, and Adolf Hitler—to look at history through a temporal lens and ask how historical actors and their regimes embody unique conceptions of time. Elegantly written and boldly innovative, Time and Power reveals the connection between political power and the distinct temporalities of the leaders who wield it.

Awards and Recognition

  • One of Times Higher Education's Best Books of 2018
  • One of the Financial Times' Summer Books of 2019: History