Anticipating Total War: The German and American Experiences, by Manfred F. Boemeke, Roger Chickering, Stig Förster

By Manfred F. Boemeke, Roger Chickering, Stig Förster

The essays in awaiting overall battle discover the discourse on struggle in Germany and the USA among 1871 and 1914. the idea that of "total battle" presents the analytical concentration. The essays show energetic discussions of battle in different boards between squaddies, statesmen, women's teams, and educators on either side of the Atlantic. Predictions of lengthy, cataclysmic wars weren't unusual in those discussions, whereas the involvement of German and American infantrymen in colonial battle recommended that destiny strive against wouldn't spare civilians. regardless of those "anticipations of overall war," almost nobody discovered the sensible implications in making plans for warfare within the early 20th century.

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1973), 12-45; Weigley, History of the United States Army, 272-98, 314-41. 41 David S. , 1972), chap. 4. 38 Irmgard Steinisch were particularly pioneering and advanced for the time. Mass production, as well as mass consumption in the age of modern machinery, modern urban living, and the rise of the large corporation were all based on the efficient organization and interaction of large masses of people in a common cause. Furthermore, by the 1890s the belief in the technocratic problem-solving capacity of the expert ushered in a powerful reform movement that set out to improve industry, enhance worker productivity, streamline government, and refurbish the military.

27 Hardly any greater contrast to the German historical experience can be conceived. " Ironically, Bismarck's speech was nothing more than sarcastic rhetoric at the time, directed against his liberal adversaries in the Prussian diet; only later was it interpreted as divine providence by nationalist German historians of the Reichsgrundungszeit (era of the Reich founding). 28 Emphasis has been placed on the fateful consequences of Germany's unification by three successive wars, each more impressive in its military terms and political results than its predecessor.

52 Earl J. , On the Road to Total War, 485. 53 Wright, Study of War, 311. 54 See Thompson, On Global War, 90. " 55 Mark R. A. thesis, University of Augsburg, 1994, 63. 26 Roger Chickering Until these difficulties are resolved and the concept of intensity in warfare is better clarified, the narrative of total war is best framed alone in the second of the conventional measures, the growing expanse of warfare. The salient developments accordingly are the increasing size of armies, the broadening scope of operations, the growing comprehensiveness of the effort to support armed forces, and the systematic, calculated incorporation of civilians into the category of participants.

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