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Hitler's First War : Adolf Hitler, the Men of the List Regiment, and the First World War

By: Weber, Thomas.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Oxford : OUP Oxford, 2010Description: 1 online resource (467 p.).ISBN: 9780191604232.Subject(s): Germany. Heer. Bayerisches Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment 16 -- Biography | Heads of state -- Germany -- Biography | Hitler, Adolf, 1889-1945 | Soldiers -- Germany -- Biography | World War, 1914-1918 -- BiographyGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Hitler's First War : Adolf Hitler, the Men of the List Regiment, and the First World WarDDC classification: 940.41343092 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Contents; List of Plates; Abbreviations; Prelude; PART I; PART II; Epilogue; Postscript: Hugo Gutmann's Story; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Summary: Hitler claimed that his years as a soldier in the First World War were the most formative years of his life. However, for the six decades since his death in the ruins of Berlin, Hitler's time as a soldier on the Western Front has, remarkably, remained a blank spot. Until now, all that we knew about Hitler's life in these years and the regiment in which he served came from his own account in Mein Kampf and the equally mythical accounts of his comrades.Hitler's First War for the first time looks at what really happened to Private Hitler and the men of the Bavarian List Regiment of which he was a
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Contents; List of Plates; Abbreviations; Prelude; PART I; PART II; Epilogue; Postscript: Hugo Gutmann's Story; Notes; Bibliography; Index

Hitler claimed that his years as a soldier in the First World War were the most formative years of his life. However, for the six decades since his death in the ruins of Berlin, Hitler's time as a soldier on the Western Front has, remarkably, remained a blank spot. Until now, all that we knew about Hitler's life in these years and the regiment in which he served came from his own account in Mein Kampf and the equally mythical accounts of his comrades.Hitler's First War for the first time looks at what really happened to Private Hitler and the men of the Bavarian List Regiment of which he was a

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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 and directs the Centre for Global Security and Governance. 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, the University of Chicago, and the University of Glasgow. His first book, The Lodz Ghetto Album, won a 2004 Golden LightAward 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 for a wide public, on the history and culture of the European continent.

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