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Walther Rathenau: Weimar's Fallen Statesman
     

Walther Rathenau: Weimar's Fallen Statesman

by Shulamit Volkov
 

ISBN-10: 0300144318

ISBN-13: 9780300144314

Pub. Date: 01/31/2012

Publisher: Yale University Press

This deeply informed biography of Walther Rathenau (1867–1922) tells of a man who—both thoroughly German and unabashedly Jewish—rose to leadership in the German War-Ministry Department during the First World War, and later to the exalted position of foreign minister in the early days of the Weimar Republic. His achievement was

Overview

This deeply informed biography of Walther Rathenau (1867–1922) tells of a man who—both thoroughly German and unabashedly Jewish—rose to leadership in the German War-Ministry Department during the First World War, and later to the exalted position of foreign minister in the early days of the Weimar Republic. His achievement was unprecedented—no Jew in Germany had ever attained such high political rank. But Rathenau’s success was marked by tragedy: within months he was assassinated by right-wing extremists seeking to destroy the newly formed Republic.

Drawing on Rathenau’s papers and on a depth of knowledge of both modern German and German-Jewish history, Shulamit Volkov creates a finely drawn portrait of this complex man who struggled with his Jewish identity yet treasured his “otherness.” Volkov also places Rathenau in the dual context of Imperial and Weimar Germany and of Berlin’s financial and intellectual elite. Above all, she illuminates the complex social and psychological milieu of German Jewry in the period before Hitler’s rise to power.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300144314
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
01/31/2012
Series:
Jewish Lives Series
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,264,300
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

1 A German Jew in the Making 1

2 A Man of Many Talents 25

3 Incursions into Politics 54

4 Captain of Industry, Literary Star, Lonely Man 81

5 Hitting the Glass Ceiling 115

6 Politician Manqué, Prophet with a Vengeance 146

7 Fulfillment and Catastrophe 173

211

Index 231

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