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Neighbors and Enemies : The Culture of Radicalism in Berlin, 1929-1933 - Pamela E. Swett

Neighbors and Enemies

The Culture of Radicalism in Berlin, 1929-1933


Published: 27th September 2004
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Neighbors and Enemies provides a new interpretation of the collapse of Germany's first democracy, the Weimar Republic, which ended with the naming of Adolf Hitler as chancellor in January 1933. This study focuses on individual workers in Berlin and their strategies to confront the crises in their daily lives introduced by the transformation of society after 1918 and intensified during the Depression. Tensions between the sexes and generations, among neighbors, within families, and between citizens and their political parties led to the emergence of a radical - and at times violent - neighborhood culture that signaled a loss of faith in political institutions. Swett offers an interpretation that marries a history of daily life in Depression-era Berlin with an analysis of the meanings of local politics in workers' communities, shifting our focus for understanding Weimar's collapse from the halls of governmental power to the streets of the urban core.

'Pamela Swett's fine new study of neighbourhood radicalism in late Weimar Berlin not only fleshes out our current knowledge but recasts it. Swett demonstrates how to write a history that fully incorporates gender and generation. ... the stories of neighbourhood battles and denunciations are riveting.' The German History Society

List of figures and plates
List of abbreviations
Note on sources
Neighborhoods and metropolis
Rebellion at home and in the community
Republicanism or radicalism: appeals to BerlinâÇÖs workers
Conflict and cooperation: political independence in BerlinâÇÖs neighborhoods
The logic of violence
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ISBN: 9780521834612
ISBN-10: 0521834619
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 358
Published: 27th September 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.68