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The Kaiser's Army: The Politics of Military Technology in Germany During the Machine Age, 1870-1918

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Overview

This volume covers a fascinating period in the history of the German army, a time in which machine guns, airplanes, and weapons of mass destruction were first developed and used. Eric Brose traces the industrial development of machinery and its application to infantry, cavalry, and artillery tactics. He examines the modernity versus anti-modernity debate that raged after the Franco-Prussian war, arguing that the residue of years of resistance to technological change seriously undermined the German army during World War I.

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"An interesting and detailed discussion of the German army's difficulties in adopting new technology and adapting its tactics to the new technology."— Technology and Culture

"This is a book that deserves careful study not only for the inside view it provides of the German military, but also for its reexamination of the feudalization problem from a new perspective."—Central European History

"Brose has written a lively and highly readable account of the debates over technological innovation and the institutional, tactical, and operational implications of the new weapons. His book is based on solid research and provides further convincing evidence that the German army was not quite the awesome fighting machine that it has been made out to be, that many of its officers were every bit as bone-headed as their much maligned British counterparts." - - American Historical Review

"This is a book that deserves careful study not only for the inside view it provides of the German military, but also for its reexamination of the feudalization problem from a new perspective."—Central European History

"An interesting and detailed discussion of the German army's difficulties in adopting new technology and adapting its tactics to the new technology."— Technology and Culture

"well-written and engaging . The book is essential reading."— The Journal of Modern History

"Brose has done us a great service in analyzing the Imperial German Army's prewar decades so well."—German Studies Review

"Brose has written a lively and highly readable account of the debates over technological innovation and the institutional, tactical, and operational implications of the new weapons. His book is based on solid research and provides further convincing evidence that the German army was not quite the awesome fighting machine that it has been made out to be, that many of its officers were every bit as bone-headed as their much maligned British counterparts." - - American Historical Review

"Artfully crafted, extremely readable and carefully researched." — The St. Mihuiel Tripwire

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195179453
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 10/14/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 5.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Dorn Brose is Professor of History and Head of the Department of History and Politics at Drexel University.

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Table of Contents

1 Old soldiers 7
2 Queen of the battlefield 26
3 Between persistence and change 43
4 The plans of Schlieffen 69
5 Past and present collide 85
6 No Frederick the Great 112
7 Toward the great war 138
8 Rolling the iron dice 183
9 Denouement 226
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  • Posted June 21, 2013

    The Kaiser's Army wasn't what you thought

    Here is a well researched study of just what was going on in the German Army between 1870 and 1915. The internal debate is capped by a careful analysis of what actually happened in 1914 using primary source data that wasn't available until the KGB archives, with their captured German documents became available. A very informative read.

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