Gustav Stresemann: Weimar's Greatest Statesman

Gustav Stresemann: Weimar's Greatest Statesman

by Jonathan Wright
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199273294

ISBN-13: 9780199273294

Pub. Date: 11/18/2004

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Gustav Stresemann was the exceptional political figure of his time. His early death in 1929 has long been viewed as the beginning of the end for the Weimar Republic and the opening through which Hitler was able to come to power. His career was marked by many contradictions but also a pervading loyalty to the values of liberalism and nationalism. This enabled him in

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Gustav Stresemann was the exceptional political figure of his time. His early death in 1929 has long been viewed as the beginning of the end for the Weimar Republic and the opening through which Hitler was able to come to power. His career was marked by many contradictions but also a pervading loyalty to the values of liberalism and nationalism. This enabled him in time both to adjust to defeat and revolution and to recognize in the Republic the only basis on which Germans could unite, and in European cooperation the only way to avoid a new war. His attempt to build a stable Germany as an equal power in a stable Europe throws an important light on German history in a critical time. Hitler was the beneficiary of his failure but, so long as he was alive, Stresemann offered Germans a clear alternative to the Nazis. Jonathan Wright's fascinating new study is the first modern biography of Stresemann to appear in English or German.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199273294
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
11/18/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
588
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

1'The child is father of the man' : 1878-19018
2'A hunger for power' : business and politics, 1901-191425
3'For the greater, freer Germany of the future' : war, 1914-191866
4'We are and remain independent towards the right and the left' : accommodation and opposition, October 1918-June 1920111
5'The latchkey to power' : building a coalition of the centre, June 1920-December 1922162
6'All but political suicide' : Ruhr occupation and chancellor, 1923202
7'A gleam of light on the otherwise dark horizon' : the Dawes plan and the road to Locarno, 1924-1925260
8Locarno and the League, 1925-1926330
9Peaceful revision in the balance, 1927-1928389
101929 : Stresemann or Hugenberg?443
11Conclusion492

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