Part I 1: A Crowd in Odeonsplatz 2: Baptism of Fire 3: Two Tales of One Christmas 4: Dreams About a New World 5: Of Frontline Soldiers and 'Rear Area Pigs' 6: Towards the Somme 7: Exhaustion 8: Delusion and Doom Part II 9: A Field Wide Open 10: Divided They Stand 11: Private Hitler's Reich Conclusion Further Reading Index
Thomas Weber teaches European and international history at the University of Aberdeen and directs the Centre for Global Security and Governance. Since earning his DPhil from the University of Oxford, he has held fellowships or has taught at Harvard University, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Chicago, and the University of Glasgow. His first book, The Lodz Ghetto Album, won a 2004 Golden Light Award and a 2005 Infinity Award. His second book, Our Friend "The Enemy" is the recipient of the 2008 Duc d'Arenberg History Prize for the best book of a general nature, intended for a wide public, on the history and culture of the European continent.
`A well-researched exploration, raising some interesting questions about Hitler's beliefs and attitudes during the First World War.' Advance Praise from Sir Ian Kershaw `Once in a while a truly original book comes along, forcing us to rethink our understanding of the past. Weber's book is such a work. He has ferreted out a wealth of new evidence from the archives and turned received wisdom on Hitlers life story and the wider impact of the Great War on its head. This is essential reading for specialists and a fascinating tale for the general reader.' Advance Praise from Conan Fischer