From Weimar to Auschwitz

From Weimar to Auschwitz : Essays in German History

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In this book, Hans Mommsen addresses a major phenomenon in European history: the crisis of the Weimar Republic and the rise of Nazism. Beginning by focusing on the role of the bourgeoisie in late 19th-century Germany, he goes on to show how the collapse of expectations that had built up during World War I led to resentment and revolt in the Weimar period. He explores how, paradoxically, the middle class began the opposition to the Republic they had created. Issues of democracy and totalitarianism are discussed and throughout the book, Mommson suggests links between the crisis of the 1930s and political practices in contemporary more

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  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • 152 x 229mm | 716g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • German
  • index
  • 0745605575
  • 9780745605579

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The decline of the "Burgertum" in the late 19th- and early 20th-century Germany; generational conflict and youth rebellion in the Weimar Republic; social democracy on the defensive; class war of codetermination; stae and democracy in the Bruning era; Heinrich Bruning as Chancellor; national socialism; Hilter's position in the Nazi system; 20 July 1944 and the German Labour movement; German society and the resistance to Hitler; the realization of the unthinkable; Hannah Ahrendt and the Eichmann more

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