The German Wars: A Concise History, 1859–1945

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Quarto Publishing Group USA, 15 nov. 2010 - 266 pages
“A fine survey of how a nation came to be recognized for its military supremacy—despite losing two world wars.” —Midwest Book Review

In the decades leading up to World War II, the world was in awe of the Prussian-German military, seeking to emulate what esteemed German military history scholar Robert M. Citino has termed “the German Way of War.” Military professionals around the globe became fluent in the tactical jargon: bewegungskrieg, schwerpunckt, auftragstaktik, fingerspitzengefuhl, and of course, blitzkrieg. At the same time, German warfare would become closely associated with the bloodiest and cruelest era in the history of mankind. The German Wars: A Concise History, 1859–1945 outlines the history of European warfare from the Wars of German Unification to the end of World War II. Author Michael A. Palmer looks at political, social, economic, and military developments across Europe and the United States during this crucial period in world history in order to demonstrate the lasting impact of the German Wars on the modern age.

“Palmer has succeeded in creating an outstanding short history of the German wars that influenced the development of Europe and the world in the 19th and 20th centuries. It’s a terrific introduction and overview of the subject.” —Armchair General

“A provocative look at the methods that Germany used to wage war, and why ultimately they failed.” —Military Heritage

“This is an excellent book . . . highly readable. It would be an excellent addition to the library of any military historian, public library, university library as well as personal collection of persons with interest in European or Trans-Atlantic History.” —Kepler’s Military History Book Reviews
 

Table des matières

Introduction
1
The Wars of Italian and German Unification
11
The Road to Sarajevo
35
The Great War
63
The Interwar Years 19181937
121
World War II 19371945
167
Conclusions
219
Acknowledgments
231
Bibliography
233
Index
241
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Michael A. Palmer, Ph.D., is chair of the history department at East Carolina University. Formerly he worked at the Naval Historical Center and was a field historian during the Persian Gulf War. During Operation Desert Shield he worked for the Chief of Naval Operations’ (OPNAV) Strategic Concepts Group in the Pentagon. He is an award-winning author of ten books.

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