The Silent Dictatorship
The Politics of the German High Command under Hindenburg and Ludendorff, 1916-1918
Originally published in 1976 and based upon the extensive use of original archival material, this book provides a detailed account of the 2 years in which the German army enjoyed unprecedented power and influence. The rise of Hindenburg and Ludendorff is seen against the background of the failure of the army to win a decisive victory in the early stages of the war. The book provides insights into the dynamics of German militarism and imperialism, and is an important contribution to the discussion of the continuity of German history.
Table of Contents
1. The Appointment of Hindenburg and Ludendorff 2. The Organisation of the High Command 3. The Economic Policy of the High Command 4. First Steps in Foreign Policy 5. Unrestricted Submarine Warfare 6. The July Crisis 1917 and its Consequences 7. Brest Litovsk 8. The Treaty of Bucharest 9. The Baltic and Finland 10. Eastern Policy 1918 11. The High Command and the Armistice