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The Weimar Republic 1919-1933

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This text presents a re-appraisal of Germany between the wars, examining the political, social and economic aims of the new democratic republic, its failure due to instability and lack of consensus; and how that led to Nazism and eventually World War II. The author includes: an examination of the legacy of World War I and the Treaty of Versailles; discussion of the early ...more
Paperback, 87 pages
Published October 1st 1998 by Routledge (first published March 9th 1998)
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One of the major distorting factors in any account of the Weimar Republic is what came after it. "Weimar democracy patently failed to prevent Hitler from coming to power and establishing a Nazi dictatorship, and thus for the most part studies have been concerned with identifying the reasons for this failure."
Ruth Henig, now Baroness Henig, plunges undaunted into a chronicle of the collapse of confidence in democracy with a swift trot through the divisions and tensions in German society that cam
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Henig's Weimar Republic is a short and sweet historical account of the Democratic Republic that was established in post WWI Germany. It doesn't cover every facet of the political sphere of Germany at the time, which could deter those who are seeking an in depth account of early 20th century German political motivations. However, it does a good job of reconstructing the history behind the reason for the formulation and the downfall of the Republic, and is successful in describing its rather short ...more
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Germany between the wars was a parliamentary democracy. It has often been portrayed as an unsuccessful one, due either to circumstances or incompetence, depending on the point-of-view of the commentator. The reality is more complicated and many massive tomes have been written on the subject, but this pamphlet sums it all up succinctly. It is particularly good at explaining the changing economic situation and how the different political groups responded.
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This provided a very good, accessible overview of the Weimar period, an era that I was rather unfamiliar with. "The Weimar Republic" provided a great and succinct means of filling gaps in my historical knowledge.
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