War Experiences in Rural Germany: 1914-1923 (Legacy of the Great War Series)

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This pathbreaking book paints a vivid picture of the dynamics of total war on rural communities, from the calling up of troops to the reintegration of veterans into society. Drawing on intimate firsthand accounts in diaries and letters, it challenges some strongly held assumptions about the Great War. The author shows that through the exchange of letters and frequent furloughs, rural soldiers maintained a high degree of contact to their home lives and suggests that the war's effects were perhaps not as completely...

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Overview

This pathbreaking book paints a vivid picture of the dynamics of total war on rural communities, from the calling up of troops to the reintegration of veterans into society. Drawing on intimate firsthand accounts in diaries and letters, it challenges some strongly held assumptions about the Great War. The author shows that through the exchange of letters and frequent furloughs, rural soldiers maintained a high degree of contact to their home lives and suggests that the war's effects were perhaps not as completely devastating as previously suggested.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The most thorough, nuanced, and gripping analysis of life in the German army during this war."--Roger Chickering, Georgetown University
"With this publication you get two books for the price of one. (...) This book is not only a richly documented 'military history from below', but a convincing, finely argued history of mentalities of a region in a crucial period."--Alan Kramer, Trinity College, Dublin

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845202453
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 1/24/2007
  • Series: Legacy of the Great War Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.63 (w) x 10.26 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Benjamin Ziemann is at the Department of History, University of Sheffield.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
• Depression, August 1914
• Military Cohesion, 1914-1918
• Fluctuation
• Routines of Everyday Life
• Discipline and Ideology
• War Weariness, 1914-1918
• Injustice
• Expectations and Disappointments* Disobedience
• Mentalities, 1914-1918
• Homesickness
• Religious Stabilisation
• National Identity?* Village Communities, 1914-1923
• Peasant Wifes, 1914-1918* Agrarian Economy and Inflation, 1914-1923
• Agrarian Mobilisation: Protests and Politics
• Social Conflicts
• Veterans, 1918-1923
• Demobilisation, 1918-1921
• Defensive Mobilisation: Paramilitary Groups, 1918-1921
• Veterans' Associations
• War Memorials
• Conclusion

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