Arms and the People: Popular Movements and the Military from by Mike Gonzalez, Houman Barekat

By Mike Gonzalez, Houman Barekat

Author note: Mike Gonzalez (Editor), Houman Barekat (Editor)

Looking at a variety of worldwide historic stories, Arms and the People examines the connection among mass activities and armed forces associations. a few argue that it really is very unlikely to accomplish and defend a revolution with out the aid of the military, yet how can the aid of the military be received? Arms and the People explores the effect of profound social polarization at the inner team spirit of the state's "armed our bodies of men" and at the contested loyalties of soldiers.

The varied members study a sequence of old moments within which a situation within the army establishment has mirrored a deeper social challenge which has penetrated that establishment and threatened to disable it.With more than a few overseas individuals who've both studied or been at once interested by such social upheavals, Arms and the People is a pioneering contribution to the examine of progressive swap and may entice scholars and teachers in heritage, politics, and sociology.

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Social production fell by 60 per cent during the war and personal real incomes declined by at least 30 per cent but more often by 40 per cent. The daily calorie intake, which had been 3,400 per capita before the war, was reduced by two-thirds and by 1917 had dropped to 1,000. Government rationing led to the development of a flourishing black market, which absorbed over the last two years of the war a third of all dairy products and half of all meat products. Black market prices were on average ten times official prices.

Among the poorer population there has grown up a malicious hatred of the rich and the so-called war profiteers. ’ It was not so much the ownership of wealth itself that produced this reaction as ‘the fact that some sections of the population . . surround themselves with every luxury while the majority of the population starve’. Gonzalez T02660 01 text 45 05/11/2012 09:47 46 Arms and the People FROM STRIKE TO MUTINY The political elites of Imperial Germany before the war were not sure how the social democratic masses would react to the war.

With the annexation of Alsace-Lorraine in the war of 1870–71 by Otto von Bismarck, war with France in the west became inevitable. Karl Marx predicted in a letter to the German socialists that, as a consequence of the exploitative peace of 1871, there would be a war on two fronts: with Russia in the east and France in the west. 5 The military planning for a European war, with Germany/ Prussia and Austria-Hungary against Tsarist Russia in the east and against England and France in the west was completed in 1905.

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