Germany, 1914-1933: Politics, Society and Culture

Germany, 1914-1933: Politics, Society and Culture

by Matthew Stibbe
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1405801360

ISBN-13: 9781405801362

Pub. Date: 08/02/2010

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405801362
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/02/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations List of Tables Acknowledgements Map of Weimar Germany

Introduction
1 The War From Above
The Burgfrieden The War on Land and at Sea, 1914-1916
Bethmann Hollweg and the Civilian War Leadership, 1914-1917
Wilhelm II and the Generals

2 The War From Below
The Food Question Home Front and Fighting Front Strikes and Political Demonstrations The Revolution of November 1918

3 Political and Psychological Consequences of the War
A Fragile Post-War Consensus The Extreme Left The Anti-Republican Right Germany in the early 1920s: A Violent Society?

4 Economy and Society in the 1920s
Big Business, Labour and the State The Urban Poor The Middle Classes The Countryside

5 Weimar Culture
Art and Politics in the Weimar Republic Class, Leisure and Mass Consumption Sex and Sexuality The Jewish Question

6 The Final Years of the Republic
The Crisis of Democracy The Failure of Anti-Fascism The Rise of the Nazis Hitler, Hindenburg and the End of Weimar

Conclusion

Chronology Glossary Bibliography

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