Weimar Culture: The Outsider as Insider by Peter Gay
A seminal work as melodious and haunting as the era it chronicles.
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.
Peter Gay (1923—2015) was 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.
Table of Contents
Introduction to the Norton Paperback Edition
The Trauma of Birth: From Weimar to Weimar
The Community of Reason: Conciliators and Critics
The Secret Germany: Poetry as Power
The Hunger for Wholeness: Trials of Modernity
The Revolt of the Son: Expressionist Years
The Revenge of the Father: Rise and Fall of Objectivity