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Rethinking the Weimar Republic: Authority and Authoritarianism, 1916-1936 (Hodder Arnold Publication)

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Anthony McElligott's study challenges conventional approaches to the history of the Weimar Republic. Taking as its premise that neither 1918 nor 1933 constituted distinctive breaks in early 20th century German history, Rethinking the Weimar Republic stretches the chronological-political parameters of the republic from 1916 to 1936.

This longer period allows for a better understanding of the genesis of the politics of the republican state, the crises that it faced, and how these were eventually resolved under the Nazi-conservative collaboration from 1933. As well as rethinking topics of traditional concern for historians of the republic, such as the economy, foreign policy, Article 48, the Nazi vote and youth, McElligott also discusses hitherto neglected areas such as provincial life and politics, the role of law and republican cultural politics.

Based on both unpublished and published sources, this robustly-argued book offers its readers a new and incisive exploration of the day to day relationship between state and citizens that will become essential reading to all students of modern Germany.

Synopsis:

“McElligott's impressive mastery of an enormous body of research guides him on a distinctive path through the dense thickets of Weimar historiography to a provocative new interpretation of the nature of authority in Germany's first democracy.” Sir Ian Kershaw, Emeritus Professor of Modern History at the University of Sheffield, UK

This study challenges conventional approaches to the history of the Weimar Republic by stretching its chronological-political parameters from 1916 to 1936, arguing that neither 1918 nor 1933 constituted distinctive breaks in early 20th-century German history.

This book:

- Covers all of the key debates such as inheritance of the past, the nature of authority and culture
- Rethinks topics of traditional concern such as the economy, Article 48, the Nazi vote and political violence
- Discusses hitherto neglected areas, such as provincial life and politics, the role of law and Republican cultural politics

Synopsis:

Anthony McElligott's study challenges conventional approaches to the history of the Weimar Republic. Taking as its premise that neither 1918 nor 1933 constituted distinctive breaks in early 20th century German history, Rethinking the Weimar Republic stretches the chronological-political parameters of the republic from 1916 to 1936. This longer period allows for a better understanding of the genesis of the politics of the republican state, the crises that it faced, and how these were eventually resolved under the Nazi-conservative collaboration from 1933. As well as rethinking topics of traditional concern for historians of the republic, such as the economy, Article 48, the Nazi vote and political violence, McElligott also discusses hitherto neglected areas such as provincial life and politics, the role of law and republican cultural politics. Based on both unpublished and published sources, this robustly-argued book offers its readers a new and incisive exploration of the day to day relationship between state and citizens that will become essential reading to all students of modern Germany.

About the Author

Anthony McElligott is Professor of History at the University of Limerick, Ireland.

Table of Contents

1. Rethinking the Weimar Republic, 1916-1936

2. '1918': reform, revolution, counter-revolution

3. A Weak republic? Article 48 and the state

4. Civic cultures and republican politics

5. The politics of harmony: the republic and its neighbors

6. Disciplined bodies and profligate budgets: the welfare state

7. The republic in denial: the Landrat and everyday life in the province

8. Altered landscapes: the cultural challenge

9. 'Money makes the world go around': the new consumerism and the old poverty

10. The politics of ambivalence: the bureaucracy and the judiciary

11. Politics at the extremes: Nazis and Communists

12. From Hegel to Hitler, 1930-36: the conservative reaction

Product Details

ISBN:
9780340731901
Author:
MCELLIGOTT, ANTHONY
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Author:
McElligott, Anthony
Author:
null, Anthony
Location:
N
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
History, World | European | Germany
Subject:
Europe - Germany
Subject:
Europe - General
Subject:
World History-Germany
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
A Hodder Arnold Publication
Publication Date:
August 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4 b/w line illus.
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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“McElligott's impressive mastery of an enormous body of research guides him on a distinctive path through the dense thickets of Weimar historiography to a provocative new interpretation of the nature of authority in Germany's first democracy.” Sir Ian Kershaw, Emeritus Professor of Modern History at the University of Sheffield, UK

This study challenges conventional approaches to the history of the Weimar Republic by stretching its chronological-political parameters from 1916 to 1936, arguing that neither 1918 nor 1933 constituted distinctive breaks in early 20th-century German history.

This book:

- Covers all of the key debates such as inheritance of the past, the nature of authority and culture
- Rethinks topics of traditional concern such as the economy, Article 48, the Nazi vote and political violence
- Discusses hitherto neglected areas, such as provincial life and politics, the role of law and Republican cultural politics
"Synopsis" by ,
Anthony McElligott's study challenges conventional approaches to the history of the Weimar Republic. Taking as its premise that neither 1918 nor 1933 constituted distinctive breaks in early 20th century German history, Rethinking the Weimar Republic stretches the chronological-political parameters of the republic from 1916 to 1936. This longer period allows for a better understanding of the genesis of the politics of the republican state, the crises that it faced, and how these were eventually resolved under the Nazi-conservative collaboration from 1933. As well as rethinking topics of traditional concern for historians of the republic, such as the economy, Article 48, the Nazi vote and political violence, McElligott also discusses hitherto neglected areas such as provincial life and politics, the role of law and republican cultural politics. Based on both unpublished and published sources, this robustly-argued book offers its readers a new and incisive exploration of the day to day relationship between state and citizens that will become essential reading to all students of modern Germany.
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