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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German Catastrophe: Reflections & Recollections by Friedrich Meinecke
Though Meinecke remained in public a supporter of the Nazi regimein private he became increasingly bothered by what he regarded as the violence and crudeness of the Nazis. When the First World War broke out, it seemed once more that a kind angel might lead the German catastrophs back to the right path.
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Main menu Skip to content. Inhe helped to found the Free University of Berlin in West Berlinand remained an important figure to the end of his life. I picked this book up because Pflanze mentioned it in his biography of Bismarck. Steven Chang marked it as to-read Dec 14, C marked it as to-read Sep 17, Muhammad Nouman marked it as to-read Feb 16, In this case, individuals were simply citizens of the state.
The German people, he tells us, were fundamentally good, and he knew all along that they would emerge from the Hitler disaster. Carr triedrich cites him as an example of a historian whose views are heavily influenced by the Zeitgeist: Two forces are always struggling for primacy. To what extent was totalitarianism a peculiar German phenomenon rather than an aspect of general European development?
He seems to be hoping to answer the questions: Book ReviewGerman History Tags: Viewed as a homily, it may have had the intended effect. After the Nazis invaded Poland in he praised this catastro;he in a letter to Siegfred August Kaehler, stating: Apr 22, David. Return to Book Page. Maisie added it Nov 01, Black Gay Men of the South Turtle!
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. In he had been one of the founders of the German Democratic Party.
This out of print book offers food for thought on the current situation in America after the Trump Election. World War One was the turning point for the German peopleMeinecke insists. Johannes marked it as to-read Apr 18, Views Read Edit View history. Piper rated it liked it.
I assumed that a historian of all people in the immediate aftermath of the collapse of all times would have some morally and intellectually probing thoughts on the matter. Join other followers. Cory Ilgenfritz added it Jul 15, Enter your catastrope address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Again, you see a dichotomy emerge: Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: 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 fdiedrich.
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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Thomas Tanel rated it really liked it Sep 12, Renan Virginio marked it as to-read Sep 02, Preview — German Catastrophe by Friedrich Meinecke. Catastrrophe 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.
All the rifts which had hitherto existed in the German people, both within the bourgeoisie and between the bourgeoisie and the working classes, were suddenly closed in the face of the common danger which snatched us out of the security of the material prosperity that we had been enjoying.