Graduate Readings
The Weimar Republic

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Abraham, David. The Collapse of the Weimar Republic: Political Economy and Crisis. 2nd ed. New York: Holmes & Meier, 1986.

Adorno, Theodor and Max Horkheimer. "The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception." In Dialectic of the Enlightenment.

Alexander, Edgar.  “Church and Society in Germany. Social and Political Movements and Ideas in German and Austrian Catholicism 1789-1950,” in Joseph N. Moody, ed., Church and Society. Catholic Social and Political Thought and Movement, 1789-1950.

Akten zur deutschen auswärtigen Politik 1918-1945. Series A: 1918-1925, 14 volumes (incomplete); Series B: 1925-1933, 22 volumes. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Rupprecht, 1950-.

Arendt, Hannah. The Origins of Totalitarianism.

Baranowski, Shelley. The Sanctity of Rural Life: Nobility, Protestantism, and Nazism in Weimar Prussia. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995.

Barnouw, Dagmar. Weimar Intellectuals and the Threat of Modernity. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 1988.

Bessel, Richard. Germany after the First World War. Oxford: Clarendon Press; New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.

Benz, Wolfgang and Hermann Graml, eds. Biographisches Lexikon zur Weimarer Republik. Munich: C.H. Beck, 1988.

Blackbourn, David and Geoff Eley, The Peculiarities of the Germans: Bourgeois Society and Politics in Nineteenth-Century Germany Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1984.

Bracher, Karl Dietrich, Manfred Funke, and Hans-Adolf Jacobsen, eds. Die Weimarer Republik, 1918-1933: Politik, Wirtschaft, Gesellschaft. Bonn: Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, 1987.

Bridenthal, Renate, Atina Grossmann and Marion Kaplan, eds. When Biology Became Destiny: Women in Weimar and Nazi Germany. New York: Monthly Review Press, 1984.

Broszat, M. Hitler and the Collapse of Weimar Gennany (Berg)

Childers, Thomas. The Nazi Voter: The Social Foundations of Fascism, 1919-1933. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: University of North Carolina Press, 1983.

Crew, David. Germans on Welfare: From Weimar to Hitler. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998.

Diephouse, David. Pastors and Pluralism in Wurttemberg 1918-1933

Erdmann, Karl-Dietrich and Hans Booms, eds. Akten der Reichskanzlei. Weimarer Republik.

Eyck, Erich. Geschichte der Weimarer Republik. 2 vols. Erlenbach-Zurich: E. Rentsch Verlag, 1954-1956. (English: A History of the Weimar Republic. 2 vols. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1962-63.)

Feldman, Gerald. The Great Disorder: Politics, Economics and Society in the Great Inflation, 1914-1924. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993.

Fend, Helmut. Sozialgeschichte des Aufwachsens: Bendingungen des Aufwachsens und Jugendgestalten im zwanzigsten Jahrhundert. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp, 1988.

Fritzsche, Peter. A Nation of Fliers: German Aviation and the Popular Imagination (1992)

Fritzsche, Peter. Rehearsals for Fascism: Populism and Political Mobilization in Weimar Germany. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990.

Gallin, Alice. Midwives to Nazism: University Professors in Weimar Germany, 1925- 1933 Macon: Mercer University Press, 1986.

Gay, Peter. Weimar Culture: The Outsider as Insider. New York: Harper, 1968.

Gehler, Michael. Studenten und Politik: Der Kampf um die Vorherrschaft an der Universität lnnsbruck 1918-1938. Innsbruck: Haymon, 1990.

Grossmann, Atina. Reforming Sex: The German Movement for Birth Control and Abortion Reform, 1920-1950. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995.

Halperin, S. William. Germany Tried Democracy. New York: Norton, 1946.

Hamilton, Richard. Who Voted for Hitler? Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1982.

Herf, Jeffrey. Reactionary Modernism. Technology, Culture and Politics in Weimar and the Third Reich. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984.

Hermand, Jost, and Frank Trommler. Die Kultur der Weimarer Republik Munich: Nymphenburger Verlagshandlung, 1978.

Hertz-Eichenrode, Dieter. Wirtschaftskrise und Arbeitsbeschaffen: Konjunkturpolitik 1925-1926 und die Grundlagen der Krisenpolitik Brünings. Frankfurt: Campus, 1982.

Hughes, Michael L. Paying for the German Inflation. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: University of North Carolina Press, 1988.

Hunt, Richard, ed. The Creation of the Weimar Republic: Stillborn Democracy? New York: D.C. Heath, 1969.

Jaide, Walter. Generationen eines Jahrhunderts: Wechsel der Jugendgenerationen im Jahrhunderttrend: zur Sozialgeschichte der Jugend in Deutschland, 1871-1985. Opladen: Leske Budrich, 1988.

James, Harold. The German Slump: Politics and Economics, 1924-1936. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1986.

Jelavich, Peter. Berlin Cabaret. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1992.

Jones, Larry Eugene. German Liberalism and the Dissolution of the Weimar Party System. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: University of North Carolina Press, 1988.

Jones, Larry and James Retallack, eds., Elecions, Mass Politics, and Social Change in Modern Germany. Cambridge University Press, 1992.

Jurczyk, Karin. Frauenarbeit und Frauenrolle: zum Zusammenhang von Familienpolitik u. Frauenerwerbstätigkeit in Deutschland von 1918-1975 . Frankfurt am Main and Munich: Aspekte- Verlag, 1977.

Large, David Clay. Between Two Fires: Europe’s Path in the 1930s. New York: Norton, 1990.

Lepsius, R.M. Demokratie in Deutschland (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1993)

Kaes, Anton, Martin Jay, Edward Dimendberg, eds. The Weimar Republic Sourcebook. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995.

Kershaw, Ian. Hitler, vol. 1: 1889-1936, Hubris and vol. 2: 1936-1945, Nemesis. New York: Norton, 1999-2000.

Kershaw, Ian, ed. Weimar: Why Did Democracy Fail? New York: St. Martin's, 1990.

Kolb, Eberhard. Die Weimarer Republik. 2nd rev. ed. Munich: Oldenbourg, 1988 (English: The Weimar Republic. London and Boston: Unwin Hyman, 1988).

Koshar, Rudy. Social Life, Local Politics, and Nazism: Marburg, 1880-1935. Chapel Hill and London: University of North Carolina Press, 1986.

Kracauer, Siegfried. From Caligari to Hitler: a psychological history of the German film. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1947.

Kracauer, Siegfried. The Mass Ornament: Weimar Essays. Ed Thomas Y. Levin. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1995.

Kracauer, Siegfried. The Salaried Masses: Duty and Distraction in Weimar Germany. Translated by Quintin Hoare. London and New York: Verso, 1998.

Krieger, Leonard. The German Idea of Freedom

Krohn, Claus-Dieter. Stabilisierung und ökonomische Interessen: Die Finanzpolitik des Deutschen Reiches 1923-1927. Düsseldorf: Bertelsmann Universitätsverlag, 1974.

Long, Rose Carol Washton , ed. German Expressionism: Documents from the End of the Wilhelmine Empire to the Rise of National Socialism. Berkeley, California: University of California Press, 1995.

McNeil, William C. American Money and the Weimar Republic. New York: Columbia University Press, 1986.

Robert G. Moeller. German Peasants and Agrarian Politics, 1914-1924. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: University of North Carolina Press, 1986.

Mommsen, Hans. Die verspielte Freiheit: Der Weg der Republik von Weimar in den Untergang, 1918 bis 1933. Berlin: Propyläen, 1990. (English: The Rise and Fall of Weimar Democracy. Translated by Elborg Förster and Larry Eugene Jones. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: University of North Carolina Press, 1996.).

Mommsen, Hans, Dietmar Petzina, Bernd Weisbrod, and Dirk Stegmann, eds. Industrielles System und politische Entwicklung in der Weimarer Republik. Düsseldorf: Droste Verlag, 1974.

Ott, Hugo. Martin Heidegger: Unterwegs zu seiner Biographie. Frankfurt: Campus Verlag, 1988. (English: Martin Heidegger: An Intellectual and Political Portrait. New York: Basic Books, 1992.)

Petro, Patrice. Joyless Streets: Women and Melodramatic Representation in Weimar Germany. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1989.

Peuckert, Detlef J. K. The Weimar Republic: The Crisis of Classical Modernity. Translated by Richard Deveson. New York: Hill & Wang, 1992.

Pyneson, Lewis. Cultural Imperialism and the Exact Sciences: German Expansion Overseas, 1900-1930. New York: Peter Lang, 1985.

Rosenhaft, Eve. Beating the Fascists? The German Communists and Political Violence, 1929-1933. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University, 1983.

Sackett, Robert Eben. Popular Entertainment, Class, and Politics in Munich, 1900-1923. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1982.

Saunders, Thomas. Hollywood in Berlin: American Cinema and Weimar Germany. Berkeley, California: University of California Press, 1994.

Schrader, Barbel and Jürgen Schebra. Die goldenen zwanziger Jahre: Kunst und Kultur der Weimarer Republik. Vienna: Hermann Böhlaus Nachf., 1987. (English: The "Golden Twenties": Art and Literature in the Weimar Republic. New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press, 1988.)

Stern, Fritz. The Politics of Cultural Despair: A Study in the Rise of the Germanic Ideology. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1961.

Stresemann, Gustav. Diaries, Letters, and Papers. 3 vols. Translated by Eric Sutton. London: Macmillan, 1935.

Tatar, Maria. Lustmord: Sexual Murder in Weimar Germany. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1995.

Turner, Henry Ashby Jr. German Big Business and the Rise of Hitler. New York: Oxford University Press, 1985.

Usborne, Cornelie. The Politics of the Body in Weimar Germany: Women's Reproductive Rights and Duties. Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan Press, 1992.

von Saldern, Adelheid. The Challenge of Modernity: German Cultural Studies, 1890-1960. Translated by Bruce Little. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2002.

von Saldern, Adelheid. “Cultural Conflicts, Popular Mass Culture and the Question of Nazi Success: The Eilenriede Motorcycle Races, 1924-39.” German Studies Review 15 (1992): 317-338.

Ward, William R.  Theology, Sociology, and Politics: The German Protestant Social Conscience 1890-1933

Weisbrod, Bernd. Schwerindustrie in der Weimarer Republik: Interessenpolitik zwischen Stabilisierung und Krise. Wuppertal: P. Hammer, 1978.

Willett, John. Art and Politics in the Weimar Period: The New Sobriety, 1917-1933. New York: Pantheon Books, 1978.

Winkler, Heinrich August. Weimar, 1918-1933: Die Geschichte der ersten deutschen Demokratie. Munich: C.H. Beck, 1993.

Wright, Jonathan. “Above the Parties”: The Political Attitudes of the German Protestant Church Leadership 1918-1933.


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