The Eastern Front,1941-45: German Troops and the Bartarisation of Warfare

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Based largely upon unpublished sources, Omer Bartov's study looks closely at the background of the German army on the Eastern Front during the Second World War. He describes the physical hardship, the discipline and morale at the front, and analyzes the social, educational, and political background of the junior officers who formed the backbone of the German army. Only with these factors in mind, together with the knowledge of the extent of National Socialist indoctrination, can we begin to explain the criminal ...

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Overview

Based largely upon unpublished sources, Omer Bartov's study looks closely at the background of the German army on the Eastern Front during the Second World War. He describes the physical hardship, the discipline and morale at the front, and analyzes the social, educational, and political background of the junior officers who formed the backbone of the German army. Only with these factors in mind, together with the knowledge of the extent of National Socialist indoctrination, can we begin to explain the criminal activities of the German army in Russia and the extent of involvement of the army in the execution of Hitler's brutal policies.

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“Major changes in citizenship and democracy have taken place in Scandinavia within the last two decades. Participation in conventional forms of politics has declined markedly, and the ability of institutions such as political parties and trade unions to deliver social mobility is being eroded. Instead, Scandinavians are turbaning towards single issue participation and "small democracy" in the workplace or in public sector service institutions. The scenario is that of a 'spectator democracy' with engaged and conscious spectators who lack the long-term political commitment to engage actively in "big democracy". Also, Scandinavian citizenship is challenged by structural unemployment, EU membership, and immigration. This book deals with the details of these processes and in particular how they have affected political participation, identity and social polarization.” —Christian Streit Mannheim, German Historical Institute London Bulletin

“Omer Bartov's The Eastern Front is an original and flesh-creeping social history of German soldiers at the sharpest end of the Second World War which no serious student can afford to ignore.” —David Englander, British Book News

David Englander
...an original and flesh-creeping social history of German soldiers...which no serious student can afford to ignore. —British Book News
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333949443
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Series: St. Antony's Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Omer Bartov is John P. Birkelund Professor of European History at Brown University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
• Part I: Life, Hardship and Death at the Front
• The Military Events
• Manpower and Casualties
• Physical Hardship
• Discipline and Morale
• Part II: The Offices: Backbone of the Army
• Introduction
• The Sample
• Data Analysis
• Part III: Indoctrination and the Need for a Cause
• Introduction
• Forms and Intensity of Ideological Instruction
• The Enemy as "Untermenschen"
• The Efficacy of Indoctrination
• Part IV: Barbarism and Criminality
• Introduction
• The Maltreatment of Russian POWs
• Fighting Partisans and Murdering Civilians
• Exploitation, Evacuation and Destruction

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