Nemesis of Power: The German Army in Politics 1918-1945 / Edition 2

Nemesis of Power: The German Army in Politics 1918-1945 / Edition 2

by John W. Wheeler-Bennett
     
 

Sir John W. Wheeler-Bennett tells the story of how the German Army, having survived the disaster of 1918, proceeded to dominate the political life of the German Republic, exercising a virtually paramount degree of power and influence by its very withdrawal from the active arena of politics: and of how, when later it was mistaken enough to play politics instead

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Sir John W. Wheeler-Bennett tells the story of how the German Army, having survived the disaster of 1918, proceeded to dominate the political life of the German Republic, exercising a virtually paramount degree of power and influence by its very withdrawal from the active arena of politics: and of how, when later it was mistaken enough to play politics instead of controlling them, it began a descent which only ended in abject defeat - militarily, politically and spiritually. The author reveals the extent of the responsibility of the Army for bringing the Nazi regime to power, for tolerating the infamies of that regime once it had attained power, and for not taking the measures - at a time when only the Army could have taken them - to remove it from power. In this second edition a new foreword by Professor Richard Overy sets Wheeler-Bennett's classic text in a modern context.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403918123
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
05/13/2005
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
864
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.80(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword—R. Overy
• Foreword—J. Wheeler-Bennett
• Introduction
Part I: The Army and the Reich, 1918-1926
• From Spa to Kapp (November 1918-March 1920)
• The Seeckt Period (1920-1926)
Part II: The Army and Hitler, 1920-1933
• Courtship, Honeymoon and Separation (1920-1926)
• The Schleicher Period (1926-1933)
Part III: Hitler and the Army, 1933-1945
• From the Seizure of Power to the Death of Hindenburg (January 1933-1934)
• From the Death of Hindenburg to the Fritsch Crisis (August 1934-February 1938)
• From the Fritsch Crisis to the Outbreak of War (February 1938-September 1939)
• Victory in the East and the 'Phoney War' (September 1939-June 1940)
• From the Blitzkrieg to Stalingrad (July 1940-February 1943)
• From Stalingrad to Normandy (February 1943-July 1944)
• July 20, 1944
• Epilogue
Appendices
• Text of Draft Basic Law proposed by Popitz, Jessen and von Hassell, 1942
• Documents of the 'Free Germany' Committee in Moscow, 1943
• Documents of the Putsch of July 20, 1944
• List of Victims of July 20 1944
• Tables to Illustrate Organization of the German High Command, 1919-1945
• Chronology
• Bibliography
• Index

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