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The Creation of the Modern German Army

General Walther Reinhardt and the Weimar Republic, 1914-1930

William Mulligan

256 pages, bibliog, index

ISBN  978-1-57181-908-6 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (November 2004)

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"… a concise exploration…that stands out because of its balanced judgements."   ·  Eberhard Kolb in Historische Zeitschrift

"... the work goes sufficiently beyond conventional parameters to encourage fresh discussion…solid use of unpublished material, combined with mastery of the secondary literature."  ·  Dennis Showalter

“Mulligan presents a detailed and nuanced account of Reinhardt’s support for the new republic.”  ·  The Historian

Civil-military relations have been a consistent theme of the history of the Weimar Republic. This study focuses on the career of General Walther Reinhardt, the last Prussian Minister of War and the First Head of the Army Command in the Weimar Republic. Though less well known than his great rival, Hans von Seeckt, Reinhardt's role in forming the young Reichswehr and his writings on warfare made him one of the most important and influential military figures in interwar Germany. Contrary to the conventional view that civil-military relations were fraught from the outset, the author argues, Reinhardt's contribution to the military politics of the Weimar Republic shows that opportunities for reform and co-operation with civilian leaders existed. However, although he is primarily seen as a liberal General, this study demonstrates that he was motivated by professional military considerations and by the specter of a future war. His ideas on modern warfare were amongst the most radical of the time.

William Mulligan received his Ph. D. from the University of Cambridge. He is now teaching modern history at the University of Glasgow.

Series: Volume 12, Monographs in German History
Subject: 20th Century History
Area: Germany

LC: DD247.R39 M85 2005

BL: YC.2007.a.3071

BISAC: HIS014000 HISTORY/Europe/Germany; HIS037070 HISTORY/Modern/20th Century

BIC: HBJD European history; HBW Military history


List of Abbreviations

Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Reinhardt in Peace and War, 1872–1918
Chapter 3. Coming to Terms with the New Regime
Chapter 4. Setting the Agenda on Military Policy, January–June 1919
Chapter 5. Reinhardt and the Treaty of Versailles
Chapter 6. The Formation of the Reichswehrministerium
Chapter 7. The Kapp Putsch and the Failure of Reinhardt’s Military Policy
Chapter 8. Reinhardt and Military Politics in the 1920s
Chapter 9. The Reinhardtskurse and Reinhardt’s Military Thought
Chapter 10. Conclusions


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