The German Catastrophe. By Friedrich Meinecke. Harvard University Press, . pp. $ Purchase. This little book, written in by the dean of. I picked this book up because Pflanze mentioned it in his biography of Bismarck. The question that anyone had to ask after World War II was. The German Catastrophe: Reflections and Recollections. Front Cover. Friedrich Meinecke. Harvard University Press, – Germany – pages.

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The German people, he tells us, were fundamentally good, and he knew all along that they would emerge from the Hitler disaster. Again, you see a dichotomy emerge: Let me know what you think! Margaret MacMillan, Paris When the First World War broke out, it seemed once more that a kind angel might lead the German people back to the right path.

After World War IIas a representative of an older tradition, he criticized the Nazi regime, but continued to express anti-semitic prejudice. Email required Address never made public.

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Matt rated it it was ok May 29, This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Also, it seems that everything has the seed of its own undoing nationalism was started as a liberal force, but its greed for power led to its abuse.

Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The first wave, socialism, sought to care for the needs of all members of society, to safeguard their standard of living.


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Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: And more than that, one perceived in all camps that it was not a matter merely of the unity of a gain-seeking partnership, but that an inner renovation of our whole state and culture was needed. After the Nazis invaded Poland in he praised this event in a letter to Siegfred August Kaehler, stating: A professor at the University of Strasbourghe served as editor of the journal Historische Zeitschrift between andand was the chairman of the Historische Reichskommission from to Gemseeker marked it as to-read Feb 24, You are commenting catastropje your Twitter account.

Meinecke acknowledges that in order catastrphe combine nationalism and socialism, the firm power of the state is needed. He meant to tell the German people that they were fundamentally good and that they would soon recover. C marked it as to-read Sep 17, I picked this book up because Pflanze mentioned it in his biography of Bismarck.

He was educated at the University of Bonn and the University of Berlin. Notify me of new posts via email. Thanks for germaan us about the problem.

German Catastrophe: Reflections & Recollections

This situation, plus bad social conditions including but not limited to the decrees of the Versailles Treaty were necessary for the existence of Hitler.

Alexander marked it as to-read Sep 21, Under the Third Reichhe had some sympathy for the regime, especially in regard to its early anti-semitic laws. If Hindenburg had not named Hitler chancellor, the Catastropeh movement might have faded out on its own.

In the future, the only place of power that Germany should find should be in some type of European Federation. Harvard University Press, In he had been one of the founders of the German Democratic Party. Nathanael Green marked it as to-read Feb 01, Return to Book Page.


Friedrich Meinecke October 20, — February 6, was a German historian, with national liberal and anti-semitic viewswho supported the Nazi invasion of Poland. His main thesis is that Hitler was a not unique to Germany, but was just the way the confluence of nationalism and the population explosion of the 19th century with anti-Jewish racism.

Hamfast marked it as to-read Aug 26, Inhe helped to found the Free University of Berlin in West Berlinand remained an important figure to the end of his life.

Renan Virginio marked it as to-read Sep 02, Tony marked it as to-read May 10, Reflections and recollections Beacon paperback.

Retrieved from cstastrophe https: His explanation for the success of National Socialism points to the legacy of Prussian militarism in Germany, the effects of rapid industrialisation and the weaknesses of the middle classes, catasteophe Meinecke also asserts that Hitlerism benefited from a series of unfortunate accidents, which had no connection with the earlier developments in German history. This dream failed to come to fruition.

Dec 21, John E rated it it was ok. Anyo This out of print mfinecke offers food for thought on the current situation in America after the Trump Election.

Maisie added it Nov 01, The exaltation of spirit experienced during the August days ofin spite of its ephemeral character, is one of the more precious, unforgettable memories of the highest sort.

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