Great War, Total War: Combat and Mobilization on the Western Front, 1914-1918

Great War, Total War: Combat and Mobilization on the Western Front, 1914-1918

by Roger Chickering
     
 

World War I was the first large-scale industrialized military conflict in world history, and it gave birth to the concept of total war. The essays in this volume analyze the experience of the war in light of this concept's implications, in particular the systematic erosion of distinctions between the military and civilian spheres. With an emphasis on developments in… See more details below

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World War I was the first large-scale industrialized military conflict in world history, and it gave birth to the concept of total war. The essays in this volume analyze the experience of the war in light of this concept's implications, in particular the systematic erosion of distinctions between the military and civilian spheres. With an emphasis on developments in Germany, France, Great Britain, and the United States, leading scholars from Europe and North America locate World War I along a trajectory that began in the wars of the middle of the nineteenth century and culminated in worldwide conflict in the middle of the twentieth. The essays explore the efforts of soldiers and statesmen, industrialists and financiers, professionals and civilian activists to adjust to the titanic, pervasive pressures that the military stalemate on the western front imposed on belligerent and neutral societies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521026376
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2006
Series:
Publications of the German Historical Institute Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
544
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.22(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
Contributors
Introduction1
1From Cabinet War to Total War: The Perspective of Military Doctrine, 1861-191819
2World War I and the Theory of Total War: Reflections on the British and German Cases, 1914-191535
3World War I and the Revolution in Logistics57
4Mass Warfare and the Impact of Technology73
5Total War as a Result of New Weapons? The Use of Chemical Agents in World War I95
6Planning Total War? Falkenhayn and the Battle of Verdun, 1916113
7"The Most Extensive Experiment that the Imagination Can Conceive": War, Emotional Stress, and German Medicine, 1914-1918133
8War Between Soldiers and Enemy Civilians, 1914-1915153
9The Blockade of Germany and the Strategy of Starvation, 1914-1918: An Agency Perspective169
10Total Rhetoric, Limited War: Germany's U-Boat Campaign, 1917-1918189
11The First Air War Against Noncombatants: Strategic Bombing of German Cities in World War I207
12Bullying the Neutrals: The Case of the Netherlands227
13Poincare, Clemenceau, and the Quest for Total Victory247
14Strategy and Unlimited Warfare in Germany: Moltke, Falkenhayn, and Ludendorff265
15The Strategy of Unlimited Warfare? Kitchener, Robertson, and Haig281
16French Strategy on the Western Front, 1914-1918297
17Strategy and Total War in the United States: Pershing and the American Military Tradition327
18War Aims, State Intervention, and Business Leadership in Germany: The Case of Hugo Stinnes349
19Lloyd George and the Management of the British War Economy369
20Better Late than Never: The American Economic War Effort, 1917-1918389
21How (Not) to Pay for the War: Traditional Finance and "Total" War409
22Mobilizing German Society for War437
23Women's Wartime Services Under the Cross: Patriotic Communities in Germany, 1912-1918453
24Pandora's Box: Propaganda and War Hysteria in the United States During World War I485
25Painting and Music During and After the Great War: The Art of Total War501
Index519

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