Prussian Dreams

Pictured: a Prussian cavalryman watching the test flight of a biplane, circa 1910. This is a nice companion to the photograph of dirigible trials over Stonehenge that I posted last month.

In the introduction to my book Victoriana, I asked:

Was a different modernity possible? Something more romantic? Something more authentic? A future of dirigibles, telephones, Prussian and Russian monarchy on the Continent, railways (instead of motorways), heritage crafts, muscular Christianity, classical education, art and architecture that continued to develop within the Western vernacular not against it?

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