The Kaiser's Army

The Kaiser's Army : The Politics of Military Technology in Germany during the Machine Age, 1870-1918

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This volume covers a fascinating period in the history of the German army, a time in which machine guns, airplanes, and weapons of mass destruction were first developed and used. Eric Brose traces the industrial development of machinery and its application to infantry, cavalry, and artillery tactics. He examines the modernity versus anti-modernity debate that raged after the Franco-Prussian war, arguing that the residue of years of resistance to technological change seriously undermined the German army during World War I.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 328 pages
  • 142 x 222 x 22mm | 421.85g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 2 maps, numerous halftones
  • 0195179455
  • 9780195179453
  • 1,744,562

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"Brose has written a lively and highly readable account of the debates over technological innovation and the institutional, tactical, and operational implications of the new weapons. His book is based on solid research and provides further convincing evidence that the German army was not quite the awesome fighting machine that it has been made out to be, that many of its officers were every bit as bone-headed as their much maligned British counterparts." - -
American Historical Review "Brose has done us a great service in analyzing the Imperial German Army's prewar decades so well."-German Studies Review "well-written and engaging . The book is essential reading."- The Journal of Modern History
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About Eric Dorn Brose

Eric Dorn Brose is Professor of History and Head of the Department of History and Politics at Drexel University.
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