His­tory of the West – The Friendly His­tory Blog ...

This is John Vin­cent Palatine’s Blog on Cent­ral European His­tory, approx­im­ately fol­low­ing the themes and chro­no­logy of his book „The Little Drum­mer Boy“ [Eng­lish; ISBN 978−3−00−050788−5, Ger­man Nation­al Lib­rary: http://d-nb.info/107928706X]

This blog fea­tures a new approach – for your con­veni­ence, many keywords are linked to Wiki­pe­dia and/or ori­gin­al doc­u­ments; sources are provided includ­ing ISBNs, cus­tom head­ers relate to the sub­ject of the art­icle and many posts are extens­ively tagged and thus indi­vidu­ally search­able … Your com­ments or ques­tions are wel­come and you are cor­di­ally invited to join our Face­book Group “His­tory of the West”. You may also read the com­plete “The Little Drum­mer Boy” here for free! There is also a Ger­man ver­sion of this blog – “His­tor­ia Occi­dental­is”. The posts are sor­ted them­at­ic­ally into the six cat­egor­ies shown below.

Antiquity relates glimpses from the Roman Empire and its sub­sequent devel­op­ment up to the Car­oling­i­an divi­sions; Bour­geois­ie deliv­ers import­ant mile­stones from the change of the medi­ev­al to the mod­ern soci­ety. Adolf Hitler centres, nat­ur­ally, on the themes of his youth and adoles­cence, the Road to War illu­min­ates exactly what it describes, the road to the First World War, which then is related up to its revolu­tion­ary after­math until 1923, the year of the Beer Hall Putsch, in Dis­aster. We also fea­ture glances upon the sub­ject of His­tory and its mas­ters, the His­tor­i­ans.

The blog thus fol­lows the book in its organ­iz­a­tion, which begins with a sur­vey of European Imper­i­al­ism from Caesar to Bis­mar­ck (includ­ing a few looks into Cent­ral European his­tory from the Roman Empire through the Middle Ages until about AD 1871) before switch­ing to Adolf Hitler grow­ing up in Aus­tria.

Its main part opens with a his­tor­ia - an invest­ig­a­tion – into the state of Europe after the Con­gress of Ber­lin of 1878 – the evol­u­tion of the alli­ances Triple Alli­ance, Entente Cor­diale and Triple Entente, fol­lowed by the devel­op­ments which pre­ceded the assas­sin­a­tion of Arch­duke Franz Ferdin­and in Sara­jevo and the sub­sequent dip­lo­mat­ic tom­fool­ery which even­tu­ally brought the out­break of the Great War of 1914. An ana­lys­is of major oper­a­tions of the Great War and a look into the Rus­si­an Civil War of 1917 – 1924 con­cludes the cent­ral part.

Woven in the drama, young Hitler appears in glimpses, mov­ing from Vienna to Munich in May 1913 and serving as Private First Class on the West­ern Front from 1914 – 1918. He sur­faces again on the eve of the Ger­man Revolu­tion in Novem­ber 1918, which abol­ishes the mon­archy and estab­lishes the Ger­man Repub­lic. After the short-lived exper­i­ment of the Bav­ari­an Soviet Repub­lic in the spring of 1919, he works as an agent for the shady Major Karl Mayr, head of Bavaria´s mil­it­ary intel­li­gence unit.

In Septem­ber 1919, Hitler vis­its a meet­ing of a small polit­ic­al party which counts about fifty mem­bers and calls itself “Deutsche Arbeit­er Partei” (‘Ger­man Work­ers’ Party’, DAP). Des­pite the grim social­ist label, the party is really a right-wing, author­it­ari­an and nation­al­ist group of petty bour­geois, who suf­fer from the want of new ideas or pop­u­lar orators – deplor­ing the loss of the war and the gen­er­al unfair­ness of life while meet­ing in smoke-filled Munich beer cel­lars.

Adolf Hitler even­tu­ally joins the mot­ley crew, of which he sub­sequently becomes chair­man in 1921. On behalf of his adren­aline-filled ser­mons, the party gains loc­al attrac­tion and the legend of the “Führ­er” is born. Two years later, by Novem­ber 8 – 9, 1923 he has enlarged the party to mem­ber­ship num­bers approach­ing 20.000 in Munich alone and attempts to grab power over Ger­many in the Beer Hall Putsch

[All posts © John Vin­cent Pal­at­ine © 2015 – 2019]

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