The Weimar Republic was born out of Germany's defeat in the First World War and ended with the coming to power of Hitler and his Nazi Party in 1933. In many ways, it is a wonder that Weimar lasted as long as it did. Besieged from the outset by hostile forces, the young republic was threatened by revolution from the left and coups d'A(c)tats from the right. Plagued early on by a wave of high-profile political assassinations and a period of devastating hyper-inflation, its later years were dominated by the onset of the Great Depression. And yet, for a period from the mid-1920s it looked as if the Weimar system would not only survive but even flourish, with the return of economic stability and the gradual reintegration of the country into the international community.
With contributions from an international team of ten experts, this volume in the Short Oxford History of Germany series offers an ideal introduction to Weimar Germany, challenging the reader to rethink preconceived ideas of the republic and throwing new light on important areas, such as military ideas for reshaping society after the First World War, constitutional and social reform, Jewish life, gender, and culture.
Weimar Germany encapsulates the history of the period through a collection of essays... [which] provide much material for discussion. Paul Bookbinder, European History Quarterly. highly recommended as an introduction to the topic Andreas Wirsching, German Historical Institute London Bulletin provides an excellent introudction to new work and new approaches to the Weimar Republic ... this is a stimulating and accessibly volume which will inform and enliven dicussion of the Republic and its problems in an admirable way. Jonathan Wright, English Historical Review
Series: Short Oxford History of Germany S.
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 19th March 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8 x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.422