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Description - The Great War and Urban Life in Germany by Roger Chickering

In deference to the principle that total war requires total history, Roger Chickering traces the all-embracing impact of the First World War on life in the German city of Freiburg. His book shows how the war took over every facet of life in the city, from industrial production to the supply of basic material resources, above all food and fuel. It documents the breakdown of distinctions between the home front and the fighting front, as the city fell victim to strategic bombing. It analyzes the war as a sensory experience, which could be seen, heard, felt, smelled, and tasted as it exhausted the city, drained it of residents, and eroded civic bonds among those who remained. Roger Chickering offers the most comprehensive history ever written of a German city at war. The book will appeal to urban and military historians, as well as to social and cultural historians.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521852562
ISBN-10: 0521852560
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 40mm)
Pages: 646
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 8-Feb-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Roger Chickering

Roger Chickering is Professor of History, BMW Center for German and European Studies, at Georgetown University, Washington, DC. His numerous works on modern German and European history include, as editor with Stig Forster, The Shadows of Total War: Europe, East Asia, and the United States, 1919-1939 (2003), and Imperial Germany and the Great War (1998, 2004).

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