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The rise and fall of comradeship : Hitler's soldiers, male bonding and mass violence in the twentieth century

Author: Thomas Kühne
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is an innovative account of how the concept of comradeship shaped the actions, emotions and ideas of ordinary German soldiers across the two world wars and during the Holocaust. Using individual soldiers' diaries, personal letters and memoirs, Kuhne reveals the ways in which soldiers' longing for community, and the practice of male bonding and togetherness, sustained the Third Reich's pursuit of war and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Kühne
ISBN: 9781107658288 1107658284 9781107046368 110704636X
OCLC Number: 974035028
Notes: Revised, expanded and updated translation of Kameradschaft, 2006.
Description: vii, 304 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: A concept from a different world --
Part I. The myth of comradeship, 1914-1939. Healing ; Coalescence ; Steeling --
Part II. The practice of comradeship, 1939-1945. Assimilation ; Megalomania ; Nemesis --
Part III. The decline of comradeship, 1945-1995. Privatisation ; Integration ; Demonization --
Conclusion: Protean masculinity and Germany's twentieth century.
Other Titles: Kameradschaft.
Responsibility: Thomas Kühne, Clark University.

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Investigating how the ideals of kameradschaft (comradeship) developed within Germany as a collective yearning for national unity, this book explores how a divided society came to terms with the  Read more...

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'Probing into the Janus-faced quality of comradeship, Thomas Kuhne illuminates the moral world of Nazi Germany on its own terms, a world in which most German soldiers acted as they did, not because Read more...

 
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