The Weimar Republic: Germany 1918-33

The Weimar Republic: Germany 1918-33


By (author) Helmut Heiber, Translated by W.E. Yuill

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  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 170mm x 234mm x 13mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 1 December 1993
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0631186999
  • ISBN 13: 9780631186991
  • Illustrations note: further reading

Product description

The Weimar Republic was eastablished after Germany's defeat in 1918, and maintained a fragile but vibrant democracy until its overthrow by Hitler in 1933. Characterized as a period of hyper-inflation, insurgency and intrigue, it is conventional to view Weimar as a period in which the seeds of National Socialism were sown, and where historians anxiously seek the explanation, even justification, of the Nazi regime. In this analytical narrative, Helmut Heiber cuts through the accepted wisdom and presents the era in its own terms. He focuses on the succession of social and political events, and sorts through problems - such as the cause and effect of hyper inflation - with careful attention to recent research. He traces the internecine activities of the Communist and National Socialist parties, and reassesses the role and demise of the Social Democratic party.

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Author information

Helmut Heiber is Director of the Institute of Historical Research at the University of Munich. His publications includes biographies of Hitler and Goebbels and several works on modern German historiography.

Review quote

"It is very much a narrative political history and its strength lies precisely in the fact that it is an excellent example of such a book, which would provide any student of Weimar Germany with an encyclopaedic chronological account of the history of the Republic from its birth until its death." "History Today" "It is, however, a lively and excellently-translated political history of interest to students and general readers alike." "Political Studies"

Table of contents

1 The Origins of the Republic 2 The Constitution and the Peace 3 Via the Kapp Putsch to the First Reichstag Elections 4 Reparations, Inflation, Terrorism 5 From the Battle of the Ruhr to the Stabilization of the Mark 6 The Dawes Plan and the Presidential Election 7 Policy of the Bourgeois Bloc 8 The Grand Coalition and the Young Plan 9 Bruning's Government 10 Via Papen and Schleicher to Hitler.