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Imperial Germany and the Great War, 1914-1918

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  84 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Unlike other existing surveys, this book explores the comprehensive impact of the First World War on Imperial Germany by offering 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. Now appearing in a second edition, this accessible bo ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published May 24th 2004 by Cambridge University Press (first published May 24th 1998)
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Dimitri
While it cannot disguise its nature as a graduate textbook, this concise yet comprehensive look at the German experience of WWI is surprisingly engaging. It's like a Hohenzollern-cetric little brother to Holger H. Gerwig's updated classic on the Austro-German alliance or the capital-focused centennial masterpiece Ring of Steel , with more socio-economics thrown in to balance the Western Front with the Home Front.

Reading about the turnip winter will, as it is wont to, make you crave fresh vegeta
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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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Jonathan Eagle
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A dense account of the First World War from the perspective of Imperialist Germany. More specifically, it centers on life on the home front and how civilians and soldiers alike were affected by the ubiquitous concept of “total war.”
Jur
Mar 05, 2011 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 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 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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