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  • Isabel V. Hull
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  • 27 June 2020
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DOWNLOAD Absolute Destruction Military Culture And the Practices of War in Imperial Germany î PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Count based on fresh archival work of the German Army's slide from administrative murder to genocide in German Southwest Africa 1904 7 The author then moves back to 1870 and the war that inaugurated the Imperial era in German history and analyzes the genesis and nature of this specifically German military culture and its operations in colonial warfare In the First World War the routines perfected in the colonies were visited upon European populations Hull focuses on one set of cases Belgium and northern France in which the transition to total destruction was checked if barely and on another Armenia in which military necessity caused Germany to accept its ally's genocidal policies even after these became militarily counterproductive Sh. She gives a nice framework and a new angle to explain what people vaguely stereotype about German soldiers It is interesting because her argument especially the implicit stickiness of German military culture is politically sensitive I do not buy her clear distinction of culture from ideologies Overall the argument is theory driven and I see how sociological theories could be helpful in forming a new historical narrative Ni bestias ni dioses upon European populations Hull focuses on one set of cases Belgium and northern France in which the transition to total destruction was checked if barely and on another Armenia in which military necessity caused Germany to accept its ally's genocidal policies even after these became militarily counterproductive Sh. She gives a nice framework and a new angle to explain what people vaguely stereotype about German soldiers It is interesting because her argument especially the implicit stickiness of German military culture is politically sensitive I do not buy her clear distinction of culture from ideologies Overall the argument is theory driven and I see how sociological theories could be helpful in forming a new historical narrative

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DOWNLOAD Absolute Destruction Military Culture And the Practices of War in Imperial Germany î PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB E then turns to the Endkampf 1918 the German General Staff's plan to achieve victory in the Great War even if the homeland were destroyed in the process a seemingly insane campaign that completes the logic of this deeply institutionalized set of military routines and practices Hull concludes by speculating on the role of this distinctive military culture in National Socialism's military and racial policies Absolute Destruction has serious implications for the nature of warmaking in any modern power At its heart is a warning about the blindness of bureaucratic routines especially when those bureaucracies command the instruments of mass death John Horne Professor of Modern European History Trinity College Dublin American Historical Revi. A little dry but one of those wonderful books that show that what everyone says but can t be true is true in this case that the Imperial German army was unusually bloodthirsty and cruel even by white male standards and that the colonial wars in SW Africa predicted the Hun and the Nazi and their toleration by bien pensant German civilian opinion Maria dos Canos Serrados unusually bloodthirsty and cruel even by white male standards and that the colonial wars in SW Africa predicted the Hun and the Nazi and their toleration by bien pensant German civilian opinion

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DOWNLOAD Absolute Destruction Military Culture And the Practices of War in Imperial Germany î PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB In a book that is at once a major contribution to modern European history and a cautionary tale for today Isabel V Hull argues that the routines and practices of the Imperial German Army unchecked by effective civilian institutions increasingly sought the absolute destruction of its enemies as the only guarantee of the nation's security So deeply embedded were the assumptions and procedures of this distinctively German military culture that the Army in its drive to annihilate the enemy military did not shrink from the utter destruction of civilian property and lives Carried to its extreme the logic of military necessity found real security only in extremities of destruction in the silence of the graveyardHull begins with a dramatic ac. Absolute Destruction Military Culture and the Practices of War in Imperial Germany by Isabel Hull is a problematic and contradictory book It is a good example of what happens when a historian begins with a thesis and then shoehorns data to fit that thesis Hull s core argument is that the Imperial German military between the years 1904 and 1918 practiced institutional extremism which led to the unchecked extermination of civilian populations in Africa and Europe The unlimited application of violence defined that extremism This made the German military uniue among the militaries of other European powers She set out to show how and why the institution designed to wield controlled violence exceeded the reasonable effective or goal oriented limits of its use According to Hull there were three reasons the use of violence appeared unchecked the German military s separation from civilian institutions the use of violence through uasi automatic mechanisms and an institutional gravitation toward total solutions the establishment of perfect order and complete obedience by the enemy population in a permanent formTo prove her thesis Hull examined the behavior of the German military in Southwest Africa present day Namibia German military culture and the behavior of the German military during the First World War She drew from a large number of German sources and personal letters as well as the philosophy of Hannah ArendtTo characterize the behavior of the German military during this period Hull chose the 1903 Herero uprising in Southwest Africa After the Herero tribe rose up against German colonial rule Kaiser Wilhelm gave Lt General Lothar von Trotha absolute authority to put down the rebellion Free from civilian restraints von Trotha prosecuted the war according to conventional German military tradition and demanded the complete submission of the Herero an expectation for victory that was unreasonably high according to HullLt General von Trotha s plan for complete victory over the Herero in one single battle failed so he ordered a long and painful pursuit of the survivors into the desert Prisoners of war were interned in camps where they were treated inhumanelyBecause the idea of a knock out blow was so entrenched in German military thinking Hull argues the German military was logistically unprepared for a long war leading it to exploit the resources of occupied territories Lack of long term planning led to improvised tactics to subdue the enemy population The military employed violence as a short term solution often taking the form of prison camps for civilians that lacked basic supplies This gap between the goal of total victory and lack of preparation was a fatal flaw in German strategy This gap is so great that failure seems in retrospect to have been preprogrammed she arguedMissing from this analysis is a comparison with other colonial powers during the period Was the German military s treatment of the Herero any brutal than British or French responses to colonial uprisings How do we know the Herero uprising wouldn t have dragged on longer if the German military had been restrained How did the distance between Germany and its African colony affect military logistics The answer to any of these uestions could seriously undermine Hull s argumentContradictions also plague this book For example Hull claimed Germany entered the First World War without war aims and then went on to dismiss the war aims given by the German government as unattainable and a negative goal Aside from the fact that preservation of a nation territorial ambition or defeat of a powerful rival have long been used as legitimate war aims you cannot claim something does not exist and then criticize itIn another example she undermined her notion that the German military went unchecked by civilian institutions when she described how the German General Staff s plan for a final struggle endkampf which was never carried out had to be stopped by external intervention from the cabinet the Reichstag and popular revolt If civilian institutions stopped the German General Staff s plan for a final struggle how was it operating unchecked Isabel Hull failed to provide convincing evidence that the unlimited application of violence was uniue to the German military during the period Further her characterization of the German General Staff as robotically adhering to doctrine regardless of effectiveness during the First World War disregarded the success and ingenuity of German tactics in the face of unfavorable numerical odds For a much better analysis of German military culture and the German General Staff I recommend Trevor N Dupuy s A Genius For War The German Army and General Staff 1807 1945 Un publicista en apuros unchecked by effective civilian institutions increasingly sought the absolute destruction of its enemies as the only guarantee of the nation's security So deeply embedded were the assumptions and procedures of this distinctively German military culture 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