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The Resource The thanks of the fatherland : German veterans after the Second World War, James M. Diehl

The thanks of the fatherland : German veterans after the Second World War, James M. Diehl

Label
The thanks of the fatherland : German veterans after the Second World War
Title
The thanks of the fatherland
Title remainder
German veterans after the Second World War
Statement of responsibility
James M. Diehl
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • German veterans never embraced the Weimar Republic, created out of the ruins of World War I. Former soldiers demanded a state that was militant, nationalist, and authoritarian, and their rejection of the new democratic Republic played a major role in its collapse and the Nazi rise to power. After Hitler's defeat, German veterans again represented a source of social instability and a potential threat to democracy
  • Examining the activities of major veterans' groups, James Diehl shows why Bonn succeeded where Weimar had failed in defusing the threat of disgruntled veterans. Most accounts of veterans' activities in the Federal Republic have concentrated on the involvement of a minority of ex-soldiers in extremist and neo-Nazi movements. Diehl broadens the focus to provide a more comprehensive picture, treating veterans not only as a political factor but as a historical and social phenomenon as well. He has consulted extensive ministerial and organizational archives that became available to scholars only in the 1980s. While the Third Reich had heaped praise on veterans, its promises of material benefits were often specious and largely unrealized; veterans' benefits were further reduced immediately following the Second World War as a result of the remilitarization policies of the occupying powers. After its establishment in 1949, however, the Federal Republic actively worked to satisfy the legitimate demands of ex-soldiers, passing legislation to aid disabled veterans, returning POWs, and former officers. The enactment of this legislation, Diehl argues, successfully integrated the majority of German veterans into the Federal Republic's social and political fabric and isolated extremist elements. Diehl's book also shows how the changing fortunes of German veterans illustrate larger changes in German society that helped to erode militarism and facilitate the growth of parliamentary democracy
Action
digitized
Cataloging source
N$T
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Diehl, James M
Dewey number
362.86/0943
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
UB359.G3
LC item number
D5 1993eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Veterans
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • Veterans
  • Germany
  • Veteranen
  • Tweede Wereldoorlog
  • Entwicklungsforschung
  • Veteran
  • Weltkrieg
  • Weltkrieg
  • Deutschland (Bundesrepublik)
Label
The thanks of the fatherland : German veterans after the Second World War, James M. Diehl
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-331) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
World War I, veterans, and the Weimar Republic -- Veterans in the Third Reich -- The aftermath of war: the occupation years -- Early and provisional legislation -- The Federal War Victims' Benefits Law -- The 131 law -- The price of success: the search for new missions -- The Verband deutscher Soldaten
Control code
42329295
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 345 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780585027340
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)42329295
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
The thanks of the fatherland : German veterans after the Second World War, James M. Diehl
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-331) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
World War I, veterans, and the Weimar Republic -- Veterans in the Third Reich -- The aftermath of war: the occupation years -- Early and provisional legislation -- The Federal War Victims' Benefits Law -- The 131 law -- The price of success: the search for new missions -- The Verband deutscher Soldaten
Control code
42329295
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 345 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780585027340
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)42329295
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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