March 7, 2012
The House of Krupp
From the beginning of the German Empire during Otto von Bismarck’s legacy through the young Kaiser Wilhelm II legacy many improvements to the political, economic, and social level of the empire were rising. From 1815 to the rise of Hitler the industrial rise in Germany was one of the greatest behind Great Britain in Europe. So the book I chose was “The House of Krupp” by Peter Batty. For thirty years Germany was in a struggle with Britain to be the leading industrial power in all of Europe. Representative of German’s industry was the steel giant Krupp. The first sighting of the Krupp family was in 1587 with the entry of one Arndt Krupp in the guild archives in Essen, a central town in the Ruhr area in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. This rise of the name Krupp was eventually looked at as one of the most powerful names in all of Germany.
During the reign of Bismarck and Wilhelm I, Germany was seeing a lot of changes throughout their society. The Unification of Germany and the establishment of the German Empire were achieved during their reigns. “Germany’s national unification in 1871 was the result of three short warts masterminded by the Prussian prime minister Otto von Bismarck.” These three wars against Denmark, their own German Civil War, and against France was a huge attribute to the increasing number of industrial developments at this time. During these wars the Krupp factory in Essen worked with Bismarck directly, making fire arms and equipment which made the German’s victor in the wars by having equipment that many other countries did not have. With Arndt passing away in 1624, his son Anton Krupp took over his factory at the age of nineteen. Anton had a great eye for gun making because he oversaw a gunsmithing operation during the Thirty Years‘ War and this was the first instance of the family’s outstanding manufacturing of firearms. “… Of the Krupp armament...