This important addition to modern German studies treats the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich as a continuum, exploring its themes through the 1920s and 1930s without artificial breaks. John Hiden looks at key issues in political, social and economic history, and in international relations. He highlights Germany's potentially constructive role in Europe before Hitler; analyses the country's structural problems; considers the importance of personalities and personal responsibility in the period; and examines the legacy of the Third Reich to postwar Germany. Filled with energy and ideas, the book has an intellectual substance far beyond its relatively modest length.
Table of Contents
1. Policy For the Sake of the Republic.
2. Democratic Prospects.
3. The Parties.
4. The Practice of Parliament.
5. Governmental Plurality in the 'Single Party State'.
6. Life at the Top. State Economic Policy and Big Business.
8. Feeding the Reich. Farmers and Politics.
9. The Middle Classes. Angst and Reality.
10.Policing the People's Community.
11. The Racial War and its Legacy.
12. The Quest for German Hegemony in Europe.