- Jan 26, 2004
The Concert of Europe – Germany in the Long Nineteenth Century
Table of Contents
- Chapter One - Introduction
- Chapter Two - Franco-Prussian Rapprochement and the New German Colonialism: 1830-1837
- Chapter Three - The Industrialisation of Germany and the Advent of Liberalism
- Chapter Four - Kaiser Friedrich Wilhem IV and the Young German Revolution
- Chapter Five - The Liberal Revolution Spreads
- Chapter Six - The Alsace Crisis
- Chapter Seven - The Springtime of Nations
Welcome to my first Victoria II AAR. As my favourite Paradox game, and indeed my favourite game, period, I’ve always had an AAR in mind. In contrast to what I’ve done before (primarily gameplay) I’m going to write a history book piece. There will be some screenshots from the game, but these will be fairly infrequent. The long nineteenth century is an area I studied quite a lot while at university, and so I hope to draw on this to sketch a plausible alternative Europe.
For this AAR, I’ll be writing based on the events of my recent Prussia game. This has been played using the excellent PoD mod, version 3.06 for Heart of Darkness. Prussia is clearly not the most original of choices, but it is no coincidence that it is such a popular one. The country may be small, but comes with several advantages, namely decent population growth and an excellent industrial base, and of course is at the forefront of many of the most interesting in game dynamics.
Something I have found, though, is that a Prussian game can get a little stale after the 1870s – if you have succeeded in unifying Germany you can find yourself in a relatively easy position, and the lack of challenge can detract from the enjoyment of the game. My solution to this (I hope!) has been to focus on the history book approach from the moment I started playing – trying to tease out themes and trajectories, and consider action as a policy maker rather than the player. So I hope this will be an entertaining alternative history.
Although I won’t be making heavy use of in game evidence, I have taken a vast number of screenshots, so please do ask as many questions as you like – I should be able to dig up some kind of answer!
Before I start, I’d also like to thank a number of authors whose work has inspired this, and from whom I have learned a lot from. If I can get anywhere close to the high standards they have set, I’ll be delighted;
Tanzhang – United We Shall Stand
Merrick Chance’ – Lords of France: Roads to the Enlightenment
DensleyBlair – A Biography of Great Men
MondoPotato – The Republic
Outside of AARland, some of the books which I’ve found particularly interesting on the period, and have indirectly influenced this, are listed below;
The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers 1500-2000 by Paul Kennedy
The Pity of War by Niall Ferguson
The Age of Capital, the Age of Empire and the Age of Revolution, all by Eric Hobswam