Army, Industry and Labour in Germany, 1914-1918


This innovative study by one of the leading specialists in the field examines the social and economic role of the German army in the nation's internal affairs during World War I.

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This innovative study by one of the leading specialists in the field examines the social and economic role of the German army in the nation's internal affairs during World War I.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780854967643
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Series: Legacy of the Great War Series
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 586
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Gerald Feldman is a Professor of History, at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword to the Reprinted Edition
Introduction 3
1 The Sociopolitical Background 8
2 Burgfrieden and Law of Siege 27
Pt. 1 The Old Regime and the Dilemmas of Total War
I The Production, Manpower, and Social Policies of the Prussian War Ministry, 1914-1916 41
1 The War Ministry and Its Leaders 41
2 The KRA 45
3 Production Policy and Procurement 52
4 The Battle for Manpower 63
5 The Conflict over Social Policy 73
II The Army and the Internal Crisis, 1914-1916: Image and Reality
1 The Food Problem 97
2 Bureaucracy, Army, and the Social Consequences of the War 116
3 The New Supreme Command 135
Pt. 2 Total Mobilization and Interest-Group Politics
III Hindenburg Program and War Office: The Triumph of Heavy Industry 149
1 The Hindenburg Program 150
2 Military Reorganization and Civilian Mobilization 168
3 The War Office 190
IV The Auxiliary Service Bill and the Triumph of Labor 197
1 The Struggle with the Bureaucracy 197
2 The Demands of the Interest Groups 203
3 The Budget Committee Transforn's the Bill 217
4 The Reichstage Debate 235
Pt. 3 The War Office Under the Leadership of General Groener
V The War Office and the Problems of Production and Organization, December 1916-August 1917 253
1 The Transportation and Coal Crises 253
2 The Failure of the Hindenburg Program 283
3 The Shutting Down and Consolidation of Industries 273
4 The War Office and the Food Problem 283
5 Organizational Problems and Competing Bureaucracies 291
VI The War Office and the Social Problem. 1. The Failure of the Auxiliary Service Law and the First Major Strikes 301
1 The Labor Problem 301
2 The Dilemmas of Paragraph 9 308
3 The War Office and the Unions 316
4 War Office Conflicts with Industry and the OHL 322
5 The April Strikes 333
VII The War Office and the Social Problem. 2. The Great Crisis and the Dismissal of Groener, May-August 1917 349
1 The Intensification of Social Conflict 349
2 The Army and the Great Crisis 362
3 The Attack upon Groener 373
4 The Fall of Groener 385
Pt. 4 The Failure of the Army
VIII The Ludendorff "Dictatorship," August 1917-February 1918 407
1 Attempts to Reform the Auxiliary Service Law 409
2 Koeth's Triumph 420
3 The Uncertain Dictatorship 425
4 The OHL and the Great Strikes 442
IX Germany in the Concluding Months of the War: The Defeat and the Search for a Scapegoat 459
1 The Social Consequences of the War 459
2 Army and Society 477
3 A Final Demand for Total Mobilization 493
4 "Stab in the Back" and "Revolution from Above" 503
Epilogue 519
Appendix 535
Bibliographical Note 543
Published Sources 547
Index 563
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