Gustav Stresemann: Weimar's Greatest Statesman

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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.

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"This meticulously researched, judicious, and carefully written book clearly confirms Wright's confidence in the usefulness of the biographical approach. He has produced a balanced and reasonable treatment of one of Germany's most significant statesman. This study will interest not only scholars of German history, but also a much broader audience intrigued by the career of one of Europe's most influential modern statesman in an era defined by war, revolution, and the troubled search for lasting European stability." — German Studies Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199273294
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 11/18/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 588
  • Sales rank: 1,525,549
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Wright is a Tutorial Fellow and Lecturer at Christ Church, Oxford.

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Table of Contents

1 'The child is father of the man' : 1878-1901 8
2 'A hunger for power' : business and politics, 1901-1914 25
3 'For the greater, freer Germany of the future' : war, 1914-1918 66
4 'We are and remain independent towards the right and the left' : accommodation and opposition, October 1918-June 1920 111
5 'The latchkey to power' : building a coalition of the centre, June 1920-December 1922 162
6 'All but political suicide' : Ruhr occupation and chancellor, 1923 202
7 'A gleam of light on the otherwise dark horizon' : the Dawes plan and the road to Locarno, 1924-1925 260
8 Locarno and the League, 1925-1926 330
9 Peaceful revision in the balance, 1927-1928 389
10 1929 : Stresemann or Hugenberg? 443
11 Conclusion 492
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