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The German Idea of Militarism

The German Idea of Militarism
Radical and Socialist Critics 1866–1914


  • Date Published: March 1994
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521466929

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  • This 1994 book examines the development of the modern idea of militarism from its inception in the 1860s until the outbreak of World War I. Often regarded as the archetypical militarist state, imperial Germany in fact witnessed a major controversy over the issue, which became a touchstone of political opposition. Issues like the arms race and the military-industrial complex displaced more traditional concerns about authoritarian rule, and militarism gradually acquired its modern meaning. The book is part of a wider discovery by historians of the way political identities and ideas intermeshed, contributing to the rise of civil society and new types of politics in modern Europe. The political history of the main protagonist of anti-militarism, German social democracy, is examined, as Nicholas Stargardt reveals the lasting influence of older radical traditions and reappraises the role played by its espousal of Marxism.

    • Major reassessment of vital strand in imperial German history by young scholar
    • Contribution to wider debate on militarism and development of European 'war machine' pre-1914
    • Important reinterpretation of major ideological theme of German SPD
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    • Date Published: March 1994
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521466929
    • length: 248 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.37kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Anti-Militarist Tradition:
    1. The Reich, democracy and cheap government
    2. National interest and national defence
    3. Karl Kautsky's theory of militarism
    Part II. The New Militarism:
    4. Karl Liebknecht and the end of democratic anti-militarism
    5. The economics of armament
    6. The turn to pacifism, 1907–14

  • Author

    Nicholas Stargardt, University of London

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