COETZEE, Marilyn Shevin.
Title: German Army League : Popular Nationalism in Wilhelmine Germany. First Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher:  Oxford University Press, New York and Oxford, 1990, ISBN:0195061098
Seller ID: 113667
COETZEE, Marilyn Shevin. The German Army League : Popular Nationalism in Wilhelmine Germany. New York and Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1990. First Printing. Pp. (6),[vii]-viii,(2),-176, + 6 p. of illustrations. 8vo, grey cloth with red lettering to spine. "This book traces the development ofthe German Army League from its inception through the earliest days of the Weimar Republic. Founded in January 1912, the League promoted the intensif ication of German militarism and the cultivation of German nationalism. As the last and second largest of the patriotic societies to emerge after 1890, the League led the campaign for army expansion in 1912 and 1913, and against the growing influence of socialism and pacifism within Germany. Attempting to harness popular and nationalist sentiment against the government's foreign and domestic policies by preying on Germans' fears of defeat and socialism, the League contributed to the polarization of German society and aggravated the international tensions which culminated in the Great War. Coetzee combines an analysis of the League's principal personalities and policies with an exploration of the inner workings of local and regional branches, arguing that rather than having served solely as a barometer of populist nationalist sentiment, the League also reflected the machinations of men ofeducation and prominence who believed that an unresponsive German governme nt had stifled their own careers, dealt ineffectually with the prospect of domestic unrest, and squandered the nation's military superiority over its European rivals. Offering a compelling but balanced assessment of popular nationalism, this long-awaited study will be of special interest to historians, political scientists, sociologists, and German history enthusiasts." - from the dustjacket. Contents: 1. The Founding of the Army League; 2. The Politics of Military Despair; 3. Creating an Image: The Issue of Nonpartisanship -- The Ideology of National Regeneration -- The Propaganda Machine; 4."More Prussian than the Prussians": The Army League in the Liberal Southwe st; 5. The Anatomy of a Patriotic Society: Structure and Geographic Strength -- Social Profile -- Overlapping Membership -- Sociability -- Finances; 6. Twilight of the Demagogues. With bibliography and index. Some rubbing to spine text, else very good in dustjacket. 40.00