Matthew Stibbe is Reader in History at Sheffield Hallam University. He has published widely in the field of First World War studies and modern German history, and his books include British Civilian Internees in Germany: The Ruhleben Camp, 1914-18 (2008) and Women in the Third Reich (2003).
Germany, 1914-1933: Politics, Society and Cultureby Matthew Stibbe
Germany, 1914-1933: Politics, Society and Culture takes a fresh and critical look at a crucial period in German history. Rather than starting with the traditional date of 1918, the book begins with the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, and argues that this was a pivotal turning point in shaping the future successes and failures of the Weimar/b>… See more details below
Germany, 1914-1933: Politics, Society and Culture takes a fresh and critical look at a crucial period in German history. Rather than starting with the traditional date of 1918, the book begins with the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, and argues that this was a pivotal turning point in shaping the future successes and failures of the Weimar Republic.
Combining traditional political narrative with new insights provided by social and cultural history, the book reconsiders such key questions as:
- How widespread was support for the war in Germany between 1914 and 1918?
- How was the war viewed both ‘from above’, by leading generals, admirals and statesmen, and ‘from below’, by ordinary soldiers and civilians?
- What were the chief political, social, economic and cultural consequences of the war? In particular, did it result in a brutalisation of German society after 1918?
- How modern were German attitudes towards work, family, sex and leisure during the 1920s? What accounts for the extraordinary richness and experimentalism of this period?
The book also provides a thorough and comprehensive discussion of the difficulties faced by the Weimar Republic in capturing the hearts and minds of the German people in the 1920s, and of the causes of its final demise in the early 1930s.
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Table of Contents
List of plates
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Map of Weimar Germany
The scope of this book 6
1 The war from above 11
The Burgfrieden 12
The war on land and at sea, 1914-1916 16
Bethmann Hollweg and the civilian war leadership, 1914-1917 20
Wilhelm II and the generals 26
2 The war from below 38
The food question 39
Home front and fighting front 45
Strikes and political demonstrations 50
The revolution of November 1918 54
3 Political and psychological consequences of the war 67
A fragile post-war consensus 69
The extreme left 74
The anti-republican right 78
Germany in the early 1920's: a violent society? 83
4 Economy and Society in the 1920's 98
Big business, labour and the state 99
The urban poor 106
The middle classes 112
The countryside 117
5 Weimar Culture 132
Art and politics in the Weimar Republic 133
Class, leisure and mass consumption 138
Sex and sexuality 145
Jewish and Gentile Germans 152
6 The final years of the Republic 165
The crisis of democracy 166
The failure of anti-fascism 173
The rise of the Nazis 180
Hitler, Hindenburg and the end of Weimar 187
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