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The Weimar Culture: The Outsider as Insider

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Overview

A seminal work as melodious and haunting as the era it chronicles, now reissued with a new introduction.
First published in 1968, Weimar Culture is one of the masterworks of Peter Gay's distinguished career. A study of German culture between the two wars, the book brilliantly traces the rise of the artistic, literary, and musical culture that bloomed ever so briefly in the 1920s amid the chaos of Germany's tenuous post-World War I democracy, and crashed violently in the wake of Hitler's rise to power. Despite the ephemeral nature of the Weimar democracy, the influence of its culture was profound and far-reaching, ushering in a modern sensibility in the arts that dominated Western culture for most of the twentieth century. Vivid and eminently readable, Weimar Culture is the finest introduction for the casual reader and historian alike. "[A]n enormously rich, intriguing, and exciting essay.... A major contribution to the study..."—The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393322392
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 638,158
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Gay is the author of more than twenty-five books, including the National Book Award winner The Enlightenment, the best-selling Weimar Culture, and the widely translated Freud: A Life for Our Time. He lives in New York City.
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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Norton Paperback Edition
Preface
I The Trauma of Birth: From Weimar to Weimar 1
II The Community of Reason: Conciliators and Critics 23
III The Secret Germany: Poetry as Power 46
IV The Hunger for Wholeness: Trials of Modernity 70
V The Revolt of the Son: Expressionist Years 102
VI The Revenge of the Father: Rise and Fall of Objectivity 119
App. I A Short Political History of the Weimar Republic 147
App. II: Bibliography 165
Index 199
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