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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After Half a Century Alvin H. Two forces are always struggling for primacy. Inhe helped to found the Free University of Berlin in West Berlinand remained an important figure to the end of his life. Let me know what you think! Thomas Tanel rated it really liked it Sep 12, Militarism led to a loss of culture and produced narrow-mindedness, Meinecke goes to on say.

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Nevertheless, gedman openly described himself as “antisemitic”, [10] and while he was willing to have Jewish friends and colleagues, fhe Nazi persecution of Jews never bothered him much. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. As a nationalist fredrich Meinecke didn’t care very much for the desires of peoples in Eastern Europe, [4] and went as far as writing about “raw bestiality of the south Slavs”, [5] while favoring German expansionism into the East.


This site uses cookies. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. World War One was the turning point for the German peopleMeinecke insists. The German people, he tells us, were fundamentally good, and he knew all along that they would emerge from the Hitler disaster.

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Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here In order to explain himself, Meinecke explains that society needs to retain a careful balance between rationality and irrationality perhaps what he refers to in other places as civilization and culturerespectively.

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His dualistic understanding of reality and the forces of history is oversimplified, I feel. Reflections and recollections Beacon paperback. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Friecrich Nouman marked it as to-read Feb 16, Was the uplift of August after all merely the last flickering of older evolutionary forces which were now coming to an end?

The German Catastrophe

catasttrophe For the sculptor, see Friedrich Meinecke sculptor. If Hindenburg had not named Hitler chancellor, the Nazi movement might have faded out on its own.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: We generally believed indeed that this had already commenced and that it would progress further in the common experiences of the war, which was looked upon as a war of defense and self-protection. No trivia or quizzes yet. InMeinecke helped to found the Free University of Berlin. His explanation for the meibecke of National Socialism points to the legacy cqtastrophe Prussian militarism in Germany, the effects of rapid industrialisation and the weaknesses of the middle classes, though Meinecke also asserts that Hitlerism benefited from a series cahastrophe unfortunate accidents, which had no connection with the earlier developments in German history.


Black Gay Men of the South Turtle! Meinecke acknowledges that in order to combine nationalism and socialism, the firm power of the state is needed. I’m not sure if the Germans are that much deeper than educated Americans or if the translation was far too literal and academic, but this was a difficult book. I picked this book up because Pflanze mentioned it in his biography of Friedrihc.

Chellie rated it it was ok Apr 20, Under the Third Reichhe had some sympathy for the regime, especially in regard to its early anti-semitic laws. Another dreamed to construct a national socialism: Search My Site Search for: A prominent German historian analysis of how Germany allowed itself to come under the domination of Hitler.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Under the Weimar RepublicMeinecke was a Vernunftsrepublikaner republican by reasonsomeone who supported the republic as the least bad alternative.

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