German Military and the Weimar Republic

German Military and the Weimar Republic written by Karen Schaefer and published by Pen and Sword Books £25.00 – Hardback – Pages 274.

At the heart of this book is the post war struggle of Germany after the Great War, it looks at the post war Weimar Republic and how Germany or in particular the German army (Reichswehr). General Von Seekt who wanted the lower the power or influence of the army from its pre-war status and political standing within the leadership of the country. Germany was suffering due to the Treaty of Versailles which had laid much blame at the door of Germany, but like most things it is the people of a country that has to suffer rather than the leadership. The book also looks into the Weimar republic and the rise of Hitler coming through the election box.

I’m going to say that I learnt a lot from this book particularly about Hans Von Seekt, Ludendorff and the Weimar Republic, but I’m going to say you best knowing a bit about the subject first, mainly because it can be confusing for the beginner and it was a generally a confusing time especially when you consider how many governments there were in the 1920’s. The book does feel very academic and formal, but it is still an excellent read, it has an excellent number of conclusions and the author Karen Schaefer has done a great job indeed, she has clearly looked into this subject deeply. The notes section and the bibliography at the back of the book is very good indeed and comprehensive, certainly plenty if you would like to take your reading forward. An excellent book, well worth the read but might not be for everyone. 4 stars out of 5.

By Ben Davidson

Hello, I have been studying all aspects of history for about 25 years. I have a BA History from the University of Bedfordshire. My historical areas of interest are anything really, but I specialise in 19th - 20th century Britain, America and Ireland. I am also strongly aligned with most military history, really enjoying WW2 and the US Civil War. Chuck in the king or queen and Bob's your uncle.