"McElligott's impressive mastery of an enormous body of research guides him on a distinctive path through the dense thickets of Weimar historiography to a provocative new interpretation of the nature of authority in Germany's first democracy." Sir Ian Kershaw, Emeritus Professor of Modern History at the University of Sheffield, UK
This study challenges conventional approaches to the history of the Weimar Republic by stretching its chronological-political parameters from 1916 to 1936, arguing that neither 1918 nor 1933 constituted distinctive breaks in early 20th-century German history.
- Covers all of the key debates such as inheritance of the past, the nature of authority and culture
- Rethinks topics of traditional concern such as the economy, Article 48, the Nazi vote and political violence
- Discusses hitherto neglected areas, such as provincial life and politics, the role of law and Republican cultural politics
Anthony McElligott is Professor of History at the University of Limerick, Ireland and editor of The Short Oxford History of Germany: Weimar Germany (2009). He is currently researching the Holocaust in the eastern Mediterranean.
1. Introduction: A Republic without Authority? 2. 1916/19: The Antinomies of Authority 3. Authority Revitalized: Weimar's foreign policy 4. The Authority of Money 5. The Authority of Law: the Judiciary 6. The Quest for Cultural Authority 7. Renegade Authority: The Junker Landrat 8. Authority Between Democracy and Dictatorship 9. Postscript: Dictatorship Unbounded 1933-36 Bibliography Index