In spite of having been short-lived, "Weimar" has never lost its fascination. Until recently the Weimar Republic's place in German history was primarily defined by its catastrophic beginning and end - Germany's defeat in 1918 and the Nazi seizure of power in 1933; its history seen mainly in terms of politics and as an arena of flawed decisions and failed compromises. However, a flourishing of interdisciplinary scholarship on Weimar political culture is uncovering arenas of conflict and change that had not been studied closely before, such as gender, body politics, masculinity, citizenship, empire and borderlands, visual culture, popular culture and consumption. This collection offers new perspectives from leading scholars in the disciplines of history, art history, film studies, and German studies on the vibrant political culture of Germany in the 1920s. From the traumatic ruptures of defeat, revolution, and collapse of the Kaiser's state, the visionaries of Weimar went on to invent a republic, calling forth new citizens and cultural innovations that shaped the republic far beyond the realms of parliaments and political parties.
List of Illustrations Preface List of Contributors Introduction Kathleen Canning PART I: DEFEAT AND THE LEGACY OF WAR Chapter 1. The Return of the Undead: Weimar Cinema and the Great War Anton Kaes Chapter 2. The Work of Art and the Problem of Politics in Berlin Dada Brigid Doherty Chapter 3. The Secret History of Photomontage: on the Origins of the Composite Form and the Weimar Photomontages of Marianne Brandt Elizabeth Otto PART II: NEW CITIZENS/NEW SUBJECTIVITIES Chapter 4. Mother, Citizens, and Consumers. Female Readers in Weimar Germany Kerstin Barndt Chapter 5. Claiming Citizenship: Suffrage and Subjectivity in Germany after the First World War Kathleen Canning Chapter 6. Feminist Politics beyond the Reichstag: A Radical Vision of Reform in the Weimar Republic Kristin McGuire Chapter 7. Producing Jews: Maternity, Eugenics, and the Embodiment of the Jewish Subject Sharon Gillerman PART III: SYMBOLS, RITUALS AND DISCOURSES OF DEMOCRACY Chapter 8. Reforming the Reich: Democratic Symbols and Rituals in the Weimar Republic Manuela Achilles Chapter 9. High Expectations - Deep Disappointment: Structures of the Public Perception of Politics in the Weimar Republic Thomas Mergel Chapter 10. Contested Narratives of the Weimar Republic: The Case of the "Kutisker-Barmat Scandal" Martin Geyer Chapter 11. Political Violence, Contested Public Space, and Reasserted Masculinity in Weimar Germany Dirk Schumann PART IV: PUBLICS, PUBLICITY AND MASS CULTURE Chapter 12. "A Self-Representation of the Masses": Siegfried Kracauer's Curious Americanism Miriam Hansen Chapter 13. Neither Masses Nor Individuals. Representations of the Collective in Inter-War German Culture Stefan Jonsson Chapter 14. Cultural Capital in Decline:Inflation and the Distress of Intellectuals Bernd Widdig PART V: WEIMAR TOPOGRAPHIES Chapter 15. Defining the Nation in Crisis: Citizenship Policy in the Early Weimar Republic Annemarie Sammartino Chapter 16. Gender and Colonial Politics after the Versailles Treaty Lora Wildenthal Chapter 17. The Economy of Experience in Weimar Germany Peter Fritzsche Bibliography Index
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