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Gold and Iron

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Written by Fritz SternAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Fritz Stern

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • On Sale: September 12, 1979
  • Price: $17.56
  • ISBN: 978-0-394-74034-8 (0-394-74034-3)
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Winner of the Lionel Trilling Award
Nominated for the National Book Award

"An invaluable contribution to our understanding of Germany in the second half of the 19th century" (The Washington Post), Gold and Iron portrays for the first time the close ties between Bismarck and his Jewish banker, Gerson Bleichroder, and the social and political milieu of nineteenth-century Germany.


Part One: The Hazardous Rise, 1859-1871
1. First Encounter: Junker and Jew
2. Bismarck's Struggle for Survival
3. Between the Throne and the Gallows
4. A Banker's share in Bismarck's Triumph
5. Bismarck's Purse and Bleichroder's Place
6. The Third War
7. Hubris in Versailles

Part Two: Banker for an Empire
8. A New Baron in a New Berlin
9. Imperial Style in Politics and Economics
10. Greed and Intrigue
11. The Fourth Estate
12. The Prince Enriched
13. The World of Banking and Diplomacy
14. Rumania: The Triumph of Expediency
15. The Reluctant Colonialist
16. The Fall of Bismarck

Part Three: The Anguish of Assimilation
17. The Jew as Patriotic Parvenu
18. The Hostage of the New Anti-Semitism
19. The Embittered End

Epilogue: The Fall of a Family