Dragonslayer : The Legend of Erich Ludendorff in the Weimar Republic and Third Reich

Dragonslayer : The Legend of Erich Ludendorff in the Weimar Republic and Third Reich

Description

In this fascinating biography of the infamous ideologue Erich Ludendorff, Jay Lockenour complicates the classic depiction of this German World War I hero.

Erich Ludendorff created for himself a persona that secured his place as one of the most prominent (and despicable) Germans of the twentieth century. With boundless energy and an obsession with detail, Ludendorff ascended to power and solidified a stable, public position among Germany's most influential. Between 1914 and his death in 1937, he was a war hero, a dictator, a right-wing activist, a failed putschist, a presidential candidate, a publisher, and a would-be prophet. He guided Germany's effort in the Great War between 1916 and 1918 and, importantly, set the tone for a politics of victimhood and revenge in the postwar era.

Dragonslayer explores Ludendorff's life after 1918, arguing that the strange or unhinged personal traits most historians attribute to mental collapse were, in fact, integral to Ludendorff's political strategy. Lockenour asserts that Ludendorff patterned himself, sometimes consciously and sometimes unconsciously, on the dragonslayer of Germanic mythology, Siegfried-hero of the epic poem The Niebelungenlied and much admired by German nationalists. The symbolic power of this myth allowed Ludendorff to embody many Germans' fantasies of revenge after their defeat in 1918, keeping him relevant to political discourse despite his failure to hold high office or cultivate a mass following after World War I.

Lockenour reveals the influence that Ludendorff's postwar career had on Germany's political culture and radical right during this tumultuous era. Dragonslayer is a tale as fabulist as fiction.

Similar Books

ISBN 10: 178155773X
ISBN 13: 9781781557730

11 Feb 2021
Blaine Taylor

ISBN 10: 150175419X
ISBN 13: 9781501754197

15 Mar 2021
Edward B. Westermann

ISBN 10: 0190243678
ISBN 13: 9780190243678

14 Jun 2018
Craig L. Symonds

ISBN 10: 1108834914
ISBN 13: 9781108834919

22 Feb 2022
Klaus H. Schmider

ISBN 10: 0750996226
ISBN 13: 9780750996228

14 Jan 2021
Katja Hoyer

ISBN 10: 1541619099
ISBN 13: 9781541619098

16 Nov 2021
Brendan Simms

ISBN 10: 067002516X
ISBN 13: 9780670025169

05 Apr 2022
Richard Overy

ISBN 10: 1541672798
ISBN 13: 9781541672796

20 Apr 2021
Sean McMeekin

ISBN 10: 0451475062
ISBN 13: 9780451475060

11 Nov 2021
John C. McManus

ISBN 10: 1631498274
ISBN 13: 9781631498275

24 Sep 2021
Volker Ullrich

ISBN 10: 0190675144
ISBN 13: 9780190675141

25 Nov 2021
Ian Ona Johnson

ISBN 10: 0190083050
ISBN 13: 9780190083052

16 Nov 2020
Regius Professor Emeritus Richard J Evans