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Germany after the First World War (Hardback)
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Germany after the First World War (Hardback)

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Hardback 344 Pages / Published: 15/07/1993
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This is a social history of Germany in the years following the First World War. Germany's defeat and the subsequent demobilization of her armies had enormous economic, social, and psychological consequences for the nation, and it is these which Richard Bessel sets out to explore these. Dr Bessel examines the changes brought by the War to Germany, by the return of the soldiers to civilian life and by the demobilization of the economy. He demonstrates how the postwar transition was viewed as a moral crusade by Germans desperately concerned about challenges to traditional authority; and he assesses the ways in which the experiences and memories of the War affected the politics of the Weimar Republic. This original and scholarly book offers important insights into the sense of dislocation, both personal and national, experienced by Germany and Germans after the First World War, and the damaging legacy of the War for German democracy.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198219385
Number of pages: 344
Weight: 668 g
Dimensions: 237 x 163 x 27 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'splendidly well-documented book ... One of the many things in this book is the way it demonstrates that civilian life in wartime Imperial Germany was indeed very unpleasant.' Times Literary Supplement
Bessel's study of a wide-ranging survey of developments in German society between 1914 and 1919. * German History *
...a major contribution...There can be no doubt that Bessel's findings, which come down heavily on Feldman's side, simply cannot be ignored in any far assessment of Germany's development in the 1920's. This book, which represents the fruitful outcome of years of intensive research, is one of the best comprehensive studies of the early Weimar Republic... a dense and very subtle analysis of the German home front. * German Historical Institute Bulletin *
Bessel provides a carefully researched and thoughtful study of the early years of the Weimar Republic. * E.D.R. Harrison. History Today *
His skill in utilizing statistical materials and weaving quantitative analysis into his narrative is quite impressive, and both professional historians and those generally interested in German affairs will find the book to be informative. * Richard V. Pierard, Indiana State University, History *

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