Weimar Germany: Promise and Tragedy / Edition 1

Weimar Germany: Promise and Tragedy / Edition 1

by Eric D. Weitz
     
 

ISBN-10: 069101695X

ISBN-13: 9780691016955

Pub. Date: 09/04/2007

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Weimar Germany still fascinates us, and now this complex and remarkably creative period and place has the history it deserves. Eric Weitz's Weimar Germany reveals the Weimar era as a time of strikingly progressive achievements—and even greater promise. With a rich thematic narrative and detailed portraits of some of Weimar's greatest figures, this

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Weimar Germany still fascinates us, and now this complex and remarkably creative period and place has the history it deserves. Eric Weitz's Weimar Germany reveals the Weimar era as a time of strikingly progressive achievements—and even greater promise. With a rich thematic narrative and detailed portraits of some of Weimar's greatest figures, this comprehensive history recaptures the excitement and drama as it unfolded, viewing Weimar in its own right—and not as a mere prelude to the Nazi era.

Weimar Germany tells how Germans rose from the defeat of World War I and the turbulence of revolution to forge democratic institutions and make Berlin a world capital of avant-garde art. Setting the stage for this story, Weitz takes the reader on a walking tour of Berlin to see and feel what life was like there in the 1920s, when modernity and the modern city—with its bright lights, cinemas, "new women," cabarets, and sleek department stores—were new. We learn how Germans enjoyed better working conditions and new social benefits and listened to the utopian prophets of everything from radical socialism to communal housing to nudism. Weimar Germany also explores the period's revolutionary cultural creativity, from the new architecture of Erich Mendelsohn, Bruno Taut, and Walter Gropius to Hannah Höch's photomontages and Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's theater. Other chapters assess the period's turbulent politics and economy, and the recipes for fulfilling sex lives propounded by new "sexologists." Yet Weimar Germany also shows how entrenched elites continually challenged Weimar's achievements and ultimately joined with a new radical Right led by the Nazis to form a coalition that destroyed the republic.

Thoroughly up-to-date, skillfully written, and strikingly illustrated, Weimar Germany brings to life as never before an era of creativity unmatched in the twentieth century-one whose influence and inspiration we still feel today.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691016955
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
09/04/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Introduction 1

Chapter 1: A Troubled Beginning 7

Chapter 2: Walking the City 41

Chapter 3: Political Worlds 81

Chapter 4: A Turbulent Economy and an Anxious Society 129

Chapter 5: Building a New Germany 169

Chapter 6: Sound and Image 207

Chapter 7: Culture and Mass Society 251

Chapter 8: Bodies and Sex 297

Chapter 9: Revolution and Counterrevolution from the Right 331

Conclusion 361

Notes 369

Bibliographic Essay 401

Acknowledgments 407

Index 409

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