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Imperial Germany and the Great War, 1914 1918

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  55 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
This is the first book 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: ...more
Paperback, 244 pages
Published May 28th 1998 by Cambridge University Press (first published May 24th 1998)
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Piker7977
Imperial Germany and the Great War, 1914-1918 provides a great insight into a nation/empire/society at war. Chickering discusses many aspects of Germany's war and home fronts including military leadership, offensive plans, gender, labor, business, economics, generational gaps, war industries, inflation, etc.

It appears that during the Great War, Germany began with enthusiasm but foundered in discontent not only at the home front but also in the ranks of the military. One of Chickering's larger t
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Jur
Mar 05, 2011 Jur marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wwi, own
good introduction to the politics and social history of Germany in WWI

Managed to get through most of Chickering on the way back in the Eurostar. Interesting to see that the Social Democrats implicated themselves fully with the autocratic rulers, so that by 1917 the left wing (later the Communists) broke away. The strike movement against the war (and for social change) therefore occurred outside the control of the SPD and the labour unions. Which is something to bear in mind for the game. The SPD
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Lorraine Herbon
Feb 19, 2016 Lorraine Herbon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was unremittingly boring! Perhaps it is the fact that all of this is a retelling of information already covered by other scholars. Perhaps it is the avalanche of detail the author includes with his skimpy analysis. Or perhaps it is the author's obvious attempt to appeal to an academic audience. Whatever the factors are, the book is dull beyond words. While it may serve to illuminate some things for readers not already familiar with the scholarship on World War I, there is nothing new h ...more
AC
Oct 26, 2008 AC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good study of the origins (and course) of WWI -- synthetic
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