Originally published in 1988, The Burden of German History 1919-45 examinesthe vast literature surrounding Weimar years and the National Socialist tragedy, daunting even for the specialist historian or political scientist. The essays included in this volume provide an invaluable guide to research of the time and provides a stimulating review of a wide range of topics in modern German cultural, political, economic and military history. The essays are based on a series of lectures given by German and Irish scholars to a conference on the theme ‘Weimar Germany and National Socialism’, which was held in March 1986 in University College, Dublin, under the auspices of the Goethe Institute, Dublin. This book offers a significant commentary on a period of German history which included the exciting and ambivalent freedom of the Weimar society and the repressive, murderous uniformity of National Socialism.
List of Contributors
Introduction, Michael Laffan
1 Weimar Culture, Kurt Sontheimer
2. The Culture of Weimar: Models of Decline, Hugh Ridley
3. Blut and Boden Fiction and the Tradition of Popular Reading Culture in Germany, Eda Sagarra
4. The Predicament of the Weimar Republic, Eberhard Jäckel
5. The Weimar Republic between the Second and the Third Reich: Continuity and Discontinuity in the German Question, 1919-33, Imanuel Geiss
6. Weimar and Versailles: German Foreign Policy, 1919-33, Michael Laffan
7. The Breakthrough of the National Socialists as a Mass Movement in the Late Weimar Republic, Hans Mommsen
8. The Failure of the Weimar Republic and the Rise of Hitler, Hans Mommsen
9. Policy and Performance in the Germany Economy, 1925-35: A Comment on the Borchardt Thesis, J. Joseph Lee
10. Images of Fascism: Visualization and Aestheticization in the Third Reich, Peter Labanyi
11. Germany’s Way into the Second World War, Eberhard Jäckel
12. The War, German Society and Internal Resistance, Peter Hoffmann
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