Synopses & Reviews
This important new 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, Roger Chickering also offers a rich portrait of life on the home front: the war's pervasive effects on wealthy and poor, men and women, young and old, farmers and city-dwellers, Protestants, Catholics, and Jews. At the same time, Roger Chickering analyzes the growing burdens of war and discusses the translation of the hardship of war into political opposition. This excellent, well-illustrated study of the military, political and socio-economic effects of the First World War will be essential reading for all students of German and European history, as well as for those interested in the history of war and society.
"...should be a boon to every student of European history in the twentieth century. A reading of Roger Chickering's text might well usher in a new era in the voluminous historiography of that conflict, studied so assiduously by German staffs before both World Wars." Hans A. Schmitt, Military History"The art of synthesis is rarely practiced effectively in this age of increasing specialization. It is therefore a pleasure to welcome this extremely clear distillate of current historical thinking in Germany in the First World War." Central European History
This is the first textbook to provide a comprehensive survey of Germany's experience during the First World War. In this book, Roger Chickering examines the military aspects of the conflict, as well as the diplomacy, government and politics of wartime Germany. However, at the same time, Roger Chickering also provides an important, and rare, portrayal of life on the homefront: the war's pervasive effects on people from all walks of life and from varying religious backgrounds. This well-illustrated study will be essential reading for all students of German and European history.
The first comprehensive survey of the impact of the First World War on Germany in any language.
This well-illustrated study is the first comprehensive survey of the impact of the First World War on Imperial Germany. While examining the military and political aspects of the conflict, Roger Chickering also provides an important insight into the growing burdens of war on the homefront and analyzes how this hardship was translated into political opposition.
Table of Contents
Preface; Prologue: Imperial Germany; 1. The war begins; 2. The war continues; 3. The war grows total; 4. The war embraces all; 5. The war breeds discord; 6. The war ends; Epilogue: the war's broad reach; Suggestions for further reading.