The Weimar Republic by Detlev J. K. Peukert
The Crisis of Classical Modernity

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The nature of Weimar's terminal crisis - how a politically liberal and culturally progressive society could succomb to fascism - remains one of the central historical questions of our century. In this major work, Detlev J.K. Peukert offers a stimulating interpretation that not only places Weimar in the history of twentieth-century Germany but also reveals it as an archetype of the ambivalences and pathologies of advanced industrial society.
 

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Detlev J. K. Peukert is the author of "Inside Nazi Germany: Conformity, Opposition, and Racism in Everyday Life," a highly accaimed study of daily life in the Third Reich. Former professor of modern history at the University of Essen and director of the Research Institute for the History of the Nazi Period, he died in 1990 at the age of thirty-nine.
 
Published April 1, 1992 by Hill & Wang Pub. 334 pages
Genres: History, Travel. Non-fiction

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This new book is not quite everyday life under the Weimar Republic, but it does shift the emphasis from the doings of a few old men--the military elite who handed the country over to Hitler--to the prevailing anguish among all classes of Germans during the 12 years the Republic survived.

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In an outstanding scholarly study that is likely to spark controversy, late German historian Peukert ( Inside Nazi Germany ) claims that the distinctive national characteristics of German history and of Weimar do not all point in a direct line to the Nazi seizure of power in 1933.

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After an even more devastating defeat in World War II, Germany was divided into zones of occupation that became two distinct German states in 1949: the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) and the German Democratic Republic (DDR).

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