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Author Name:    KOCKA, Jurgen. WEINBERGER, Barbara, trans.

Title:   Facing Total War : German Society, 1914-1918. First Edition in dustjacket.

Publisher:    Berg Publishers, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, 1984, ISBN:0907582117 

Seller ID:   115330

KOCKA, Jurgen. Facing Total War : German Society, 1914-1918. Translated from the German by Barbara Weinberger. (Leamington Spa, Warwickshire) : Berg Publishers, (1984). First UK Printing. Pp. (8),1-278,(2). 8vo, white cloth with red lettering to spine. Originally published in 1973 as Klassengesellschaft im Krieg. "What did the First World War do to German society? How did social structures and changes influence the country's military performance?Did the war halt, redirect, or speed up long-term trends? This book provid es an analysis of the responses of different social groups in Germany to each other and to the extraordinary pressure of nearly total war. Jurgen Kocka, one of the foremost social and economic historians of the younger generation in West Germany, provides a comprehensive overview of a whole society confronted with a basic challenge. A history of class interaction, class compromises and class conflict, the book also searches out a systematic explanation of the collapse of the Hohenzollern monarchy and the Revolution of 1918. This work is particularly valuable in showing the crucial role the social history of classes can have in accounting for historical developments in wartime. Methodologically indepted to Marxism and Weberian theory as wellas to modern conflict research, it will appeal not only to historians of c ontemporary Germany, but to everyone interested in the political, social, and economic history of Western Europe." - from the dustjacket. Contents: 1.Questions and Concepts. 2. Workers and Employers in Industry: The situatio n in 1914 -- Impoverishment and deprivation of the workers -- Changes in the socio-economic situation of entrepreneurs in the war economy -- Dissatisfaction and protest in the labour force -- Attitudes and alliances among employers. 3. The Polarisation of the Mittelstand: The situation in 1914 -- The proletarianism of the 'new Mittelstand' -- The leftward drift of white-collar employees -- The reaction of the civil servants -- Handwerker and Kleinhandler -- The separation of the 'old' and the 'new Mittelstand'. 4. Class-society and State: Trends and counter-trends in the class system: relationships between town and country, the generations, religious denominations and minorities -- Structural and functional changes of the State -- State monopoly capitalism? -- Tendencies making for the autonomy of the state and their restrictive conditions -- Social-historical pre-conditions of the Revolution of 1918. 5. Methodological Epilogue. With afterword, abbreviations, notes, bibliography and index. Very good in unclipped dustjacket. 30.00


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