Anticipating Total War


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Cambridge University Press
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6.42 X 9.35 X 1.35 inches | 1.85 pounds

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About the Author

Stig Förster is Professor of General Modern History at the University of Bern and has also taught at the University of Augsburg and held research fellowships at the German Historical Institutes in London and Washington D.C. His most recent publications include Der doppelte Militarismus. Die deutsche Heeresrüstungspolitik zwischen Status-quo-Sicherung und Aggression, 1890-1913 (1985) and Die mächtigen Diener der East India Company. Ursachen und Hintergründe der britischen Expansionspolitik in Südasien, 1793-1819 (1992).
Roger Chickering is Professor of History at the BMW Center for German and European Studies, Georgetown University. His recent publications include The Great War and Urban Life in Germany: Freiburg, 1914-1918 (2007) and A World at Total War: Global Conflict and the Politics of Destruction, 1937-1945, co-edited with Stig Förster and Bernd Grenier.


"...this is a highly important collection of essays providing insights into the nineteenth century origins of the twentieth century standard of extreme, all-consuming, horrific warfare known as 'total war.'" The Journal of Military History
"...immense volume...The comparative format of this volume proves valuable." The Journal of American History
"This book will find its greatest audience among academics. Readers will find the essays well supported with a wide range of sources, as might be expected in a work that is itself somewhat broad." H-Net Reviews
"The project's intellectual and financial sponsors merit corresponding praise for expanding the scope of the remaining conferences to address total war in European and global contexts." The Journal of Modern History
"...these essays make important and original contributions to a historiography on the Great War that continues to evolve in exciting and promising new directions." Technology and Culture