Stauffenberg: A Family History, 1905-1944, Second Edition / Edition 2

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The three Stauffenberg brothers, Berthold, Alexander and Claus, were inseparable both emotionally and intellectually. Their view of human existence was rooted in their south German aristocratic background, in classical antiquity, and in Christian culture, as well as in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Pindar, Dante, Holderlin and Stefan George were their principal literary heroes; Alexander, Caesar, Frederick II, Napoleon and Gneisanau were their models in generalship and statesmanship.

This 'family biography' describes the brothers' youth and formative years, their association with the circle of the poet Stefan George, and their professional and political development. Their professions and their political and military environments led them to take fundamental positions on the military ethos and on their government's and Hitler's tyranny.

The military career of Claus, Count Stauffenberg and his fight to overthrow Hitler, culminating in the attempted assassination and coup of 20 July 1944, provide the focus for the book. It is based on the most comprehensive collection of sources yet used, including family papers, correspondence, and information from numerous contemporaries, with a unique collection of illustrative material.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780773525955
  • Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2003
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Hoffmann is William Kingsford Professor of History, McGill University, and the author of The History of the German Resistance, 1933-1945.
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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of abbreviations
Preface to the Second Edition
1 Childhood, a World War, and a new beginning 1
2 Secret Germany 30
3 Reichswehr 42
4 Sea change 60
5 In the Third Reich 75
6 Crisis and war 102
7 On the General Staff 130
8 Stauffenberg turns against Hitler 146
9 In the front line 162
10 Conspiracy 181
11 Planning the coup: internal preprations 190
12 Contacts abroad 213
13 Assassination plans 225
14 Launching the insurrection 234
15 Uprising 253
Epilogue 278
Appendices 286
Notes 303
Bibliography 357
Index 413
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