The Great War and Urban Life in Germany: Freiburg, 1914-1918

The Great War and Urban Life in Germany: Freiburg, 1914-1918

by Roger Chickering, Paul Kennedy, Jay Winter
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521852560

ISBN-13: 9780521852562

Pub. Date: 11/30/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In deference to the principle that total war requires total history, Roger Chickering traces the all-embracing impact of the First World War on life in the German city of Freiburg. His book shows how the war took over every facet of life in the city, from industrial production to the supply of basic material resources, above all food and fuel. It documents the

Overview

In deference to the principle that total war requires total history, Roger Chickering traces the all-embracing impact of the First World War on life in the German city of Freiburg. His book shows how the war took over every facet of life in the city, from industrial production to the supply of basic material resources, above all food and fuel. It documents the breakdown of distinctions between the home front and the fighting front, as the city fell victim to strategic bombing. It analyzes the war as a sensory experience, which could be seen, heard, felt, smelled, and tasted as it exhausted the city, drained it of residents, and eroded civic bonds among those who remained. Roger Chickering offers the most comprehensive history ever written of a German city at war. The book will appeal to urban and military historians, as well as to social and cultural historians.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521852562
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/30/2006
Series:
Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare Series , #24
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
644
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.77(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: total war and total history; 1. The loveliest place to live in Germany; 2. The beginning; 3. Visitations; 4. Tools and toils of war; 5. Collecting things; 6. Breakdown; 7. The war on the senses; 8. Public intimacies; 9. War and locality; 10. The national community in town; 11. Class; 12. Transections; 13. Fragmentation; 14. Exhaustion.

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