We are seeking a third speaker for a panel for the following conference: "The Great War's Shadow: New Perspectives on the First World War", Calgary and Lake Louise, September 25th-28th, 2014. The call for papers can be found at:
This panel aims to explore the internal cohesiveness of the German military in the pre-war decades, during the First World War, and in the early 1920s, as well as the impact that divisions and antagonisms within the military structure had on the combat effectiveness of the Imperial German army and its post-war successor. The full panel proposal is as follows:
"Germanies at War: Divisions and Differences within the German Army, Before, During, and After the First World War
This panel aims to problematize the perception of a unified and efficient organization guiding military affairs in Germany before, during and after the First World War. Institutional memories of the mid-nineteenth century Wars of Unification combined with diverse cultural, political and religious traditions among Prussians, Bavarians, Saxons and Württembergers to produce intense regional affiliations throughout the German military. These deeply entrenched regional antagonisms, along with the trials of managing four years of industrial warfare and the hostile political landscape after the war produced significant fragmentation within the army. This complex situation, having its roots in the development of the German Empire after 1871, confronted German military leaders more often than has previously been admitted and presented considerable challenges during and after the First World War. Therefore, these papers will analyze the army’s responses to a variety of divisive political, cultural, and bureaucratic challenges before, during and in the aftermath of the First World War."
At present, the panel comprises two papers, one exploring the structure of the German military in the decades before 1914 and one examining competing political influences on the German officer corps in the immediate post-First World War period. The third speaker would therefore preferably be a specialist in German military history and be able to present a paper on the cohesiveness of the Imperial German army during the First World War.
If interested, please send a brief paper outline and CV to the listed email address.
Department of History, University of Toronto
Room 2074, 100 St. George St.
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