The Silent Dictatorship: The Politics of the German High Command under Hindenburg and Ludendorff, 1916-1918, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Silent Dictatorship

The Politics of the German High Command under Hindenburg and Ludendorff, 1916-1918, 1st Edition

By Martin Kitchen


210 pages

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Hardback: 9780367246495
pub: 2019-07-16
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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

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: German History

Originally published between 1929 and 1991 the volumes in this set:

  • Offer a comprehensive and challenging interpretation of the German past
  • Assess Bismarck’s contribution to the German Empire and his legacy for modern Germany
  • Examine the psyche of the Germans and discuss the psychological impact of the Second World War on the Germans
  • Review critically not only the rise and rule of National Socialism, but also the strength of authoritarianism and militarism and the weakness of democracy in 19th Century Germany
  • Examine the inter-relationships between social and economic change on the one hand, and political developments on the other.
  • Analyse the significance of the Zollverein on economic growth
  • Discuss authority and the law in the German Empire and the Weimar Republic.
  • Analyse the contribution of German historians to 20th Century historiography
  • Chart key events in British – German trade rivalry
  • Include archival material from both the former East and West Germany.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Germany