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From Weimar to Hitler : Germany, 1918-33 / E.J. Feuchtwanger.

New York : St. Martin's Press, 1993.
ISBN 9780312095888, 0312095880

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Subjects Deutschland.
Germany -- Politics and government -- 1918-1933.
National socialism.
Politics and government
Description ix, 376 pages ; 23 cm
Copyright Date 1993.
Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 339-359) and index.
Summary Weimar has become synonymous with catastrophic political failure, the prelude to the greatest moral and material disasters of the twentieth century. This book shows that such failure was never inevitable and that options remained tantalisingly open right up to Hitler's assumption of power. The democratic regime was saddled with heavy burdens stemming from defeat and never enjoyed general acceptance and legitimacy.
. The author draws a compelling picture of a society frequently in turmoil, yet remarkably creative and innovative, but finally overwhelmed by a tide of irrationality and barbarism. He makes full use of the extensive sources and secondary literature available in German.
On the other hand, it encouraged for the first time in German history expectations of a high level of welfare, individual rights and modern social practices, which were at least partially fulfilled. The period of relative prosperity was, however, too short, the return of crisis too severe and the resulting demoralisation too profound to save democracy.
Contents 1. The Revolution. War, defeat and the collapse of the monarchy. The revolution in Berlin and the Council of People's Commissars. Confrontation with the left and Spartacist uprising. The parties and the elections to the constituent. The drafting of the Weimar constitution. The treaty of Versailles and the battle over its acceptance. Turmoil on the Eastern borders. Left-wing uprisings and the Bavarian soviet republics. The wave from the right; social and financial reforms. The Kapp Putsch. Elections: the Weimar coalition loses its majority; the problem of forming a government -- 2. The Time of Troubles. Germany and the international situation. The reparations problem and its impact on domestic politics. Rapallo and the beginning of hyperinflation. The realignment of the left: the reunification of the SPD and the rise of the KPD. The radical right and the rise of the Hitler movement in Bavaria. The murders of Erzberger and Rathenau. The occupation of the Ruhr.
Stresemann's Hundred Days: the end of passive resistance and crisis in Bavaria and Saxony. Hitler's Beer Hall Putsch. Crisis resolved: the ending of inflation and the consequences -- 3. The Golden Years. The stabilisation of the mark and the Dawes Plan. The economy and social policy: compulsory arbitration, housing, unemployment insurance. Organised capitalism: industry, agriculture, Mittelstand and revaluation. Parties, coalitions and the election of Hindenburg. Locarno and entry into the League of Nations. Domestic politics: referendum on dynastic property, the flag controversy, the fall of Seeckt. Cultural issues: anti-pornography law, Neue Sachlichkeit, denominational schools. The left: the SPD, the Reichsbanner and the KPD in a post-revolutionary situation. The right: The DNVP between government and opposition; Hitler re-establishes his party; Stahlhelm and Conservative Revolution. Liberal decline and the elections of 1928 -- 4. Crisis, Collapse and the Coming of Hitler. The Great Coalition.
The Ruhr lockout and Young Plan. Radicalisation on the right and the left: the referendum on the Young Plan; the Stalinisation of the KPD. The Reich's finances and the fall of Muller. Bruning takes over. The September 1930 elections: the Nazi breakthrough. Bruning governs by decree. A more assertive foreign policy: disengagement from the Stresemann era; radicalisation at home: the rise of the stormtroopers and of political violence. The banking crisis of 1931: from recession into slump; the political consequences. The Harzburg Front -- Bruning's belt tightening. Hindenburg's re-election. The ban on the SA: Bruning's fall. The Papen Government: the Prussian coup of 20 July 1932. Papen fails to find support: the second Reichstag dissolution. From Schleicher to Hitler: the Nazi takeover -- 5. Epilogue: Why did the Weimar Republic Fail?
Geographic Area Germany
Network Numbers (OCoLC)27265496
WorldCat Search OCLC WorldCat
WorldCat Identities Feuchtwanger, E. J.
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