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Weimar Germany by Eric D. Weitz
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Sep 02, 11

bookshelves: germany, history, culture
Read from August 28 to September 01, 2011

"Weimar Germany still speaks to us" are the opening words of this book and the author is firmly of the belief that Weimar Germany was one of the outstanding creative periods and places of the century. In Brecht and Weill, Thomas Mann, Wlater Gropius, Martin Heidegger, Siegfried Kracauer, Fritz Lang, the Bauhaus school, there was an outburst of endeavour and creativity. Some of these people had long creative lives but never was their work as significant or memorable as when they were working in Germany in the 1920's. And Weimar is also a warning. A warning of what happens when the ideological differences between sectors of society are so deep that no compromise is possible and when a substantial body of opinion has no confidence in the political system. That coupled with a severe and unprecedented economic crisis brought the German Republic to a dreadful conclusion.

Eric Weitz's book is a great single volume introduction to Weimar Germany, its successes and its failures. He covers the art and architecture, literature, social life, economics and bitter politics with brilliant sketches of the principal characters involved and a thorough understanding of the issues.
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