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- DescriptionThe failure of Liberalism in Germany and its responsibility for the rise of Nazism has been widely discussed among scholars inside and outside Germany. This author argues that German liberalism failed because of the irreconcilable conflict between two competing visions of German identity. In following the German liberal parties from the Empire through the Third Reich Kurlander illustrates convincingly how an exclusionary racist Weltanschauung, conditioned by profound transformations in German political culture at large, gradually displaced the liberal-universalist conception of a democratic Rechtsstaat. Although there were some table exceptions, this widespread obsession with racial community Volksgemeinschaft caused the liberal parties to succumb to ideological lassitude and self-contradiction, paving the way for National Socialism.
- Author BiographyEric Kurlander received his PhD from Harvard University and is now Assistant Professor of Modern European History at Stetson University. He has published articles on liberalism, anti-Semitism and political culture in Imperial and Weimar Germany, and is currently working on a book studying the fate of bourgeois republicans in the Third Reich, Living With Hitler: Liberal Democrats Between Resistance and Collaboration, 1933-1945 (Yale UP, fortcoming).
- Author(s)Eric Kurlander
- PublisherBerghahn Books
- Date of Publication15/05/2006
- SubjectRegional History
- Series TitleMonographs in German History
- Series Part/Volume Numberv. 10
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintBerghahn Books
- Content Notebibliog., index
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