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Iron and Blood: A Military History of the German-Speaking Peoples Since 1500 by Professor Peter Wilson offers a masterful reappraisal of German militarism and warfighting over the last five centuries, leading to the rise of Prussia and the world wars. Encompassing political, military, technological and economic change, the book tells the story of the German-speaking lands, from the Rhine to the Balkan frontier, from Switzerland to the North Sea. The author considers a large variety of factors, from weapons development to recruitment and battlefield strategy.

In his lecture, Professor Wilson will reflect on this complex history, breaking down key moments and challenging preconceptions about a particular ‘German way of war’.

The event will be chaired by Professor Michael Clarke, RUSI Distinguished Fellow and head of the panel of judges.

The award ceremony and lecture will be followed by drinks reception from 18:30 to 20:00 GMT.

About the Duke of Wellington Medal for Military History

The Duke of Wellington Medal for Military History is awarded on an annual basis for the best English language writing in the discipline. Find out more here.

How to attend

This is an in-person only event exclusively for members, taking place at RUSI, 61 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2ET. Please note that places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please email [email protected].

About the speaker

Professor Peter Wilson

Professor Peter Wilson

Chichele Professor of the History of War chair at All Souls College, University of Oxford

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