A study of Germany between the wars, examining the aims of the new republic, their failure, and how they led to Nazism, and eventually World War II. Henig includes an outline of the historiography and the changing attitudes to the Weimar Republic.
This book represents a much-needed reappraisal of Germany between the wars, examining the political, social and economic aims of the new republic, their failure and how they led to Nazism and eventually the Second World War. The author includes: * an examination of the legacy of the First World War and the Treaty of Versailles * discussion of the early years of crisis culminating in the Ruhr Invasion and the Dawes Settlement * assessment of the leadership of Stresemann and Bruning * exploration of the circumstances leading to the rise of Hitler * an outline of the historiography of the Weimar Republic.
This beautifully illustrated book brings together a dazzling variety of works and provides fresh insight into artistic expressions of life in the Weimar Republic. Organized around five thematic sections, it mixes photography, works on paper, and painting to bring them into a visual dialogue. Also included are essays that examine the politics of New Objectivity and its legacy; its relation to international art movements of the time; the context of gender roles and sexuality; and the influence of new technology and consumer goods.
"Hitler was Nazi Germany and Nazi Germany was Hitler." Though true to the extent that Hitler's personality, leadership, and ideological convictions played a massive role in shaping the nature of government and life during the Third Reich, this popular view has led many writers since the end of World War II to overlook important aspects of Nazism while centering attention solely on Hitler's contributions to the Nazi Party. This book seeks to fill a significant gap in the literature by concentrating particularly on the Nazi Party and its growth during the years of the Weimar Republic, examining the paramilitary presence in Germany and Bavaria after World War I. Most of the book describes the development of the Nazi Storm Detachment (Sturmabteilung, or SA) before and after the failed Beer Hall Putsch in 1923. By the time Hitler came to power in January 1933, there were perhaps as many as 400,000 of these brown-shirted men, often self-styled revolutionaries, creating violence on a daily basis and destroying the underpinnings of the Weimar Republic. The book features several photographs captured from the Nazi Party's Central Publishing Facility in Munich and passed to the author in the late 1950s.
This volume on the Weimar Republic and the rise of the Nazis is the second in the four-volume History Made Simple Series (HMSS) on Germany. The other volumes are the German Empire (1871-1918), Nazi Germany (1933-1945), and, post-war Germany: From division to reunification (1945-present).HMSS books are for everyone who finds history dull and boring. Let's face it; most of us aren't history buffs. We don't spend our free time reading up on historical periods, persons, or events. We would sooner surf the web or vegetate on a couch with a remote control than read the typical history book.HMSS offers a new approach to transmitting historical information. It makes the history of separate countries as simple and enjoyable as possible with hundreds of illustrations,and lots of humor and irony, just the ingredients that make life itself interesting.All historical actors, large and small, voice their opinions and argue with each other, and sometimes with me, the author. History can't be interesting to the non-specialist when it's served up as a cold monologue like the nine o'clock news.You might say history is a futile exercise. We can't agree about the present, how can we possibly agree about the past, right? Sure, but who said we have to agree about everything? In addition, aren't the most informed opinions all sides of an argument?So sit back, make yourself comfortable, and enjoy the read!Kurt E. Breitner
Weimar Cities explores Germany's efforts to come to grips with its great cities after World War I; by extension the book measures the feasibility of the postwar experiment that was the Weimar Republic. The book focuses particularly on the weakness, both local and national, that resulted from the disjunct between the cities’ perceived and actual power.
'Weimar Cities' explores Germans' efforts after the First World War to come to grips with their great cities and, by extension, measures the feasibility of the postwar experiment that was the Weimar Republic.
Features a collection of resources on the Weimar Republic of Germany, provided by David Barnsdale. The Weimar Republic (1919-1933) was the German constitutional democracy. Highlights resources on the fall of the Weimar Republic, the elections, the rise of Adolf Hitler, and why the republic fell. Links to other sites on German history.
In The Heroic Earth, David T. Murphy argues that geopolitical ideas were most dynamic and significant in Germany not during the Nazi era (1933-45) but in the democratic culture of the Weimar republic (1919-33). By helping to condition the German population to geopolitical ideas, which emphasized revision of the Versailles settlement and enlarging Germany's living space, geopolitics helped contribute to Nazi imperialism. From the defeat of Germany in 1918 until the rise of National Socialism i9n 1933, theories of geographical determinism enjoyed a broad currency in many fields of German public life. The ancient notion that environmental factors--climate, topography, resource distribution--shape society in significant ways was now applied in a radically determinist fashion to help Germans understand why they had lost the war and what they had to do to regain their place among the Great Powers. Under the rubric of Geopolitik, politicians, teachers, writers and others argued that they key to Germany's past, and the hope for its future, lay in understanding geography's determining impact upon races, cultures, states, and warfare. Theories of geographical determinism shaped German thinking about politics, race, science, education, aesthetics, and many other subjects on the eve of the Nazi era. Challenging traditional historiography, Murphy argues that geopolitics faded in importance after Adolf Hitler came to power.