Time can only cause ordinary people to age, but for these rulers and these absolute greats, time is just a tool with which they can change history, and time is just a file that they collect. light and power can also warp time."
Time and Power is an attempt to find out, "What happens when 'time' is viewed through a power structure?" The book mainly selects four actively representative rulers in history of German Empire as models for research. Howe Friedrich Wilhelm, Friedrich II, Bismarck and Hitler, among them first two were born to be kings, Bismarck climbed to end, and Hitler was madman of that time. “Time and Power” for first time gave a comprehensive interpretation of issue of “the relationship between those in power and their consciousness of time” and analyzed how these famous figures use time and power to determine fate of country from a new point of view. to influence development of world. The path of German development has always been tortuous and bizarre, and four chosen paths are in fact well located at most critical historical nodes.
Although emperors are born with supreme power, it's actually not easy to properly use power in their hands. In history, number of emperors who could become famous over time is very small. Friedrich Wilhelm, who became great elector in Thirty Years' War, had a far-sighted view of time, weakened power of local nobility internally, exaggerated possible dangers from outside, and strengthened initially loose empire by concentration of power. Frederick II, known as "King of Philosophy", has an up-to-date understanding of time. He loves to study philosophy and history, and also aspires to write history. He not only appreciates stability of current country, but also tries to form his own unique historical image.
Some people seem to be doomed to power, they just need help from time to time. "Iron Prime Minister" Bismarck started out as a declining nobleman, but ended up under one man and over ten thousand men. This special state also allowed him to use his power to achieve a delicate balance. On one hand, he still had to protect interests of monarch and country's structure. On other hand, he also wanted to ensure social stability and promote development of country. Bismarck's power among these figures was obviously different and smallest, but he was obviously most an important figure in Germany at time. It may be embarrassing to mention latter, but "New Era" he championed really drove countless people crazy at time, using uncertainty of future tense to confuse extremely lost people. This phenomenon can still be seen in West today. , Take a look at some shadows.
Today, for many people, relationship between past, present and future has turned into chaos. The study of history also helps guide present and face future. Professor Clarke's words in book are significant: "If a country can't just create a probable future, and civil society doesn't have means to do so, we're literally locked in the present." #Headline Contest#