For King and Kaiser! The Making of the Prussian Army Officer, 1860-1914

For King and Kaiser! The Making of the Prussian Army Officer, 1860-1914

For King and Kaiser! The Making of the Prussian Army Officer, 1860-1914

For King and Kaiser! The Making of the Prussian Army Officer, 1860-1914

Synopsis

This history describes in detail how conservative traditions and aristocratic values were preserved in the selection and training of German army officers prior to World War I despite changing times and the influx of many middle-class recruits into the army. Clemente demonstrates how "right thinking" and service to the King and the Kaiser were the basis for Prussian officer education in the period from 1860 to 1914. The book raises provocative questions about German performance in World War I and in subsequent years.

Excerpt

Wise is the author who recognizes the importance of others in the preparation of his work. The University of Oklahoma Library System provided invaluable assistance in the acquisition of materials and saved much travel. The cheerful diligence, particularly of aides Shelly Clement and Joyce Cross, did not go unnoticed. The staffs of the following also played major roles in the initial phase: the Staatsbibliothek Preussischer Kulturbesitz and the Senatsbibliothek in Berlin; the Zentralbibliothek der Bundeswehr, Düsseldorf; the Universitätsbibliothek at Munich; the U.S. Army Military History Research Collection, housed at Carlisle Barracks; the Library of Congress; and the Military Archives Division of the National Archives.

Special thanks go to Professors H. Wayne Morgan, Judith S. Lewis, and Henry J. Tobias who read the initial treatise. Lastly, but certainly at the top of my list of indebtedness, Professor Gordon D. Drummond performed flawlessly as editor and friend. Despite his manifold responsibilities, he found time not only for perusing the revisions, but also for raising and discussing questions that I had failed to address. For his encouragement and criticism, I am eternally grateful. The guilt, however, for any omissions or errors in analysis, research, or mechanics remains solely my own.

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