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Imperial Germany and the Great War, 1914-1918 (New Approaches to European History) [Paperback]

Roger Chickering
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6 May 2004 New Approaches to European History (Book 27)
This important contribution to the successful textbook series New Approaches to European History explores the comprehensive impact of the First World War on Imperial Germany. It examines military aspects of the conflict, as well as the diplomacy, government, politics, and industrial mobilization of wartime Germany. Unlike other existing surveys, however, Roger Chickering also offers a rich portrait of life on the home front: the pervasive effects of 'total war' on wealthy and poor, men and women, young and old, farmers and city-dwellers, Protestants, Catholics, and Jews. This excellent, well-illustrated study of the military, political and socio-economic effects of the First World War is essential reading for all students of German and European history, as well as for those interested in the history of war and society. Now appearing in a second edition, first published in 2004, this accessible book reflects important scholarship in the field and boasts an expanded and revised bibliography.

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (6 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521547806
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521547802
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 371,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This second edition, first published in 2004, explores the comprehensive impact of the First World War on Imperial Germany. It offers a rich portrait of life on the home front including the pervasive effects of 'total war' on wealthy and poor, men and women, young and old, farmers and city-dwellers.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The War Germany Lost in 1914 11 Nov 2001
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Roger Chickering's book is essential reading for students of the war which, as Chickering points out, cast a shadow over Europe until the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989.
He shows that, for Germany, the failure of the opening offensive in France signalled a long war which, due to the British Navy's blockade, meant that shortages developed almost immediately, and attempts to cope with this situation led to layers of clumsy bureaucracy being imposed which fell hardest on the least well-off.
As the war continued, discontent grew, and with it support for the Social Democrats and their allies. The response of the military, with Ludendorff de facto in control, was to tighten controls. The political divide within Germany increased, and when Ludendorff realised the war could not be won, he was able to shift the blame for defeat onto his opponents, a fact which was fatally to undermine the chances of the Weimar Republic gaining long-term acceptance.
Thus, Chickering is able to show that the roots of Hitler's rise to power were much deeper than the recession of 1929.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In depth study 6 Feb 2011
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I recommend this whole heartedly. I am studying the period and this gave me an excellent in depth look at the subject.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Clear, reliable account of events on Germany's home front 30 Oct 1998
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The theme of this well-balanced, well-arranged book is not the German military effort but political and social developments on the home front. In the end, these were to prove almost as decisive as the greater military strength of the Entente powers and the United States in bringing about Germany's defeat. As the author shows, Germany was a deeply divided society going into the war, and the "civic peace" proclaimed in August 1914 among the nation's bitterly opposed social classes and political interests was not to last long. The attempt to sustain a war effort against France, Great Britain and Russia - with only the hopelessly incompetent Austro-Hungarian Empire as an ally - necessitated huge sacrifices on the home front. Ultimately, the majority of the German population was not willing to keep making those sacrifices, particularly on behalf of a political system that had evolved by late 1916 from the semi-authoritarianism of the pre-war Kaiserreich into a pure military dictatorship. Adolf Hitler later came to power exploiting the myth of the "November criminals" - that is, those who led the German revolution of November 1918 and who, in his eyes, traitorously inflicted a defeat on Germany that need never have taken place. However, as Chickering shows in some detail, the truth is that Germany was certain by mid-1918 to lose the war anyway. This is a book for readers who are interested more in the political than the military aspects of the First World War. It holds no surprises but is authoritative and efficiently written.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding survey of the topic! 10 Jan 2001
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In a relatively short volume, the author gives a lucid, restrained survey of a complicated and controversial topic. Coverage is of all phases of the war affecting Germany--military, social, economic, and political--though relatively short shrift is given to military matters, so this book is not for World War I military "enthusiasts"--unless they want to go beyond what occurred in combat. A particularly good feature of the book is the wealth of references to the vast amount of scholarly work done on the war in English and German over the last half century. The author's comprehensive "Suggestions for Further Reading" will serve well either the novice historian or the layperson interested in particular aspects of Germany and the Great War.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book 22 Aug 2002
By Christopher J. Martin - Published on Amazon.com
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This book combines a look at the WW I battlefield with events on the German homefront very well. Chickering focuses on the homefront and details very well the reaction to mobilization and the events of the war, as well as the defeat. One of the best chapters of the book is on the myth of the stab in the back. This book really is a necessary read if one also wants to understand the "other half" of the European Civil War, WW II.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Model of Its Kind 17 July 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Imperial Germany and the Great War is a masterful combination of the political, social, and cultural history of the war with the relevant military events. I know of no single book that covers so much territory in so little space. Anyone interested in the what was going on behind the lines will find the answers here!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Imperial Germany and the Great War 14 Dec 2008
By Lars R. A. Norberg - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book on the strength of a review in History Today, in order to prepare a unit of work for a course I hadn't taught for 20 years. The book has got three advantages: it gives a very useful bibliographical appendix (good for those who are 20 years behind); it is full of interesting information (the bits about agriculture, the Hamsterfahrten and the 1915 Schweinmord stick in the mind); and - coming from the previous point, it is just a bloody good read. This is great, comprehensive, open-minded history. Three months ago I had grave doubts about embarking on German history again; now I'm all for it.
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