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Hitler's first war : Adolf Hitler, the men of the List Regiment, and the First World War / Thomas Weber.

By: Weber, Thomas, 1974-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2010, ©2010Description: xvi, 450 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780199233205; 0199233209.Subject(s): Hitler, Adolf, 1889-1945 | Heads of state -- Germany -- Biography | Soldiers -- Germany -- Biography | Germany. Heer. Bayerisches Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment 16 -- Biography | World War, 1914-1918 -- BiographyDDC classification: 943.086092 | B Other classification: 943 | 940
Contents:
Pt.1. A Crowd in Odeonsplatz: I August-20 October 1914 -- Baptism of Fire: 21 October-Early November 1914 -- Two Tales of One Christmas: Early November 1914-31 December 1914 -- Dreams of a New World: I January-May 1915 -- Of Front-Line Soldiers and 'Rear Area Pigs': May 1915-31 December 1915 -- Occupation: January-July 1916 -- Collapse: July-October 1916 -- In the Shadow of the Somme: October 1916-13 July 1917 -- Blinded: August 1917-II November 1918 -- Pt.2. Revolution: II November 1918-Early 1919 -- Hitler's Kampf against the List Veterans: Early 1919-1933 -- Private Hitler's Reich: 1933-1939 -- Hitler's Second War
Summary: In "Hitler's First War," award-winning author Thomas Weber delivers a master work of history--a major revision of our understanding of Hitler's life. Weber paints a group portrait of the List Regiment, Hitler's unit during World War I, to rewrite the story of his military service while offering a profound challenge to the idea that World War I served as the perfect crucible for Hitler's subsequent rise.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 413-433) and index.

Pt.1. A Crowd in Odeonsplatz: I August-20 October 1914 -- Baptism of Fire: 21 October-Early November 1914 -- Two Tales of One Christmas: Early November 1914-31 December 1914 -- Dreams of a New World: I January-May 1915 -- Of Front-Line Soldiers and 'Rear Area Pigs': May 1915-31 December 1915 -- Occupation: January-July 1916 -- Collapse: July-October 1916 -- In the Shadow of the Somme: October 1916-13 July 1917 -- Blinded: August 1917-II November 1918 -- Pt.2. Revolution: II November 1918-Early 1919 -- Hitler's Kampf against the List Veterans: Early 1919-1933 -- Private Hitler's Reich: 1933-1939 -- Hitler's Second War

In "Hitler's First War," award-winning author Thomas Weber delivers a master work of history--a major revision of our understanding of Hitler's life. Weber paints a group portrait of the List Regiment, Hitler's unit during World War I, to rewrite the story of his military service while offering a profound challenge to the idea that World War I served as the perfect crucible for Hitler's subsequent rise.

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Weber (modern European, international & global political history, Univ. of Aberdeen, Scotland) challenges Hitler's claim, mostly expressed in Mein Kampf (1924) and generally accepted by later historians, that his experiences in World War I shaped both his ideology and subsequent Nazi policy. While little specific information about Hitler's wartime experiences is available, it is possible to reconstruct the history of his unit, the List Regiment, in some detail. Weber by necessity focuses on the men who served with Hitler, but he uses their experiences to assess the impact of the war on the postwar radicalization of German soldiers. His conclusion: it radicalized relatively few soldiers of the List Regiment, and Hitler's postwar claims about his wartime service are largely false. Weber is strongest in re-creating the actual experiences of List Regiment members and in challenging some of the conventional wisdom about the war's long-term impact. His argument that Hitler did not develop his radical ideas until after the war is less convincing, however, as the fact that Hitler's comrades were not radicalized en masse does not necessarily prove that Hitler fit into the same mold. VERDICT Recommended for all general and specialist readers seeking further study of Hitler.-Frederic Krome, Univ. of Cincinnati Clermont Coll., OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Thomas Weber teaches European and international history at the University of Aberdeen. Since earning his DPhil from the University of Oxford, he has held fellowships or has taught at Harvard University, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, theUniversity of Chicago, and the University of Glasgow. His first book, The Lodz Ghetto Album, won a 2004 Golden Light Award and a 2005 Infinity Award. His second book, Our Friend "The Enemy" is the recipient of the 2008 Duc d'Arenberg History Prize for the best book of a general nature, intended fora wide public, on the history and culture of the European continent.

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