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The German Right in the Weimar Republic

Studies in the History of German Conservatism, Nationalism, and Antisemitism

Edited by Larry Eugene Jones

340 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78238-352-9 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (July 2014)

ISBN  978-1-78533-201-2 $34.95/£24.00 Pb Published (June 2016)

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Reviews

“The strength of this collection is its engagement with this ideological and institutional diversity… Though not intended for general readers (who will find relatively little about Hitler and the Nazis here), specialists will benefit from this volume’s exploration of the ideas that shaped the German Right and the ways that their spokesmen negotiated their ideological differences during a period of profound societal crisis.” · Choice

“Even if not all new directions offered [by the ten interesting and well-written essays in this collection]… are ultimately completely convincing, the book certainly reaches the goal stated in the introduction of delivering valuable new insights and pointing out new challenges.” · German History

“The essays, exceptionally readable throughout, enrich the contemporary debate through numerous new facets and questions. In contrast to other edited volumes, the contributions here are all based on rich source material, which results in a book that is interesting for the general historian as well as for the specialist.” · H-Soz-u-Kult

“The individual chapters range in quality from good to excellent....[and offer] a judicious mix of work from prominent academics and younger scholars. The weighing up of continuities and discontinuities between the Right and Nazism is well considered and offers refreshingly new insights into the history of inter-war Germany.” · Conan Fischer, University of St. Andrews

Description

Significant recent research on the German Right between 1918 and 1933 calls into question received narratives of Weimar political history. The German Right in the Weimar Republic examines the role that the German Right played in the destabilization and overthrow of the Weimar Republic, with particular emphasis on the political and organizational history of Rightist groups as well as on the many permutations of right-wing ideology during the period.  In particular, antisemitism and the so-called “Jewish Question” played a prominent role in the self-definition and politics of the right-wing groups and ideologies explored by the contributors to this volume.
 

Larry Eugene Jones is Professor of Modern European History at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York.  He is a specialist in the history of the Weimar Republic and author of German Liberalism and the Dissolution of the Weimar Republic, 1918-1933  (University of North Carolina Press, 2011) and Hitler versus Hindenburg: The 1932 Presidential Elections and the End of the Weimar Republic (CUP, 2016). He is currently working on a new book tentatively entitled Conservatives, Nationalists, and Nazis: A History of the German Right from 1918 to 1933/34.

Subject: 20th Century History
Area: Germany



Contents

Abbreviations

Introduction: The German Right in the Weimar Republic: New Directions, New Insights, New Challenges
Larry Eugene Jones

Chapter 1. Hindenburg and the German Right
Wolfram Pyta

Chapter 2. From Friends to Foes: Count Kuno von Westarp and the Transformation of the German Right
Daniela Gasteiger

Chapter 3. Conservative Antisemitism in the Weimar Republic: A Case Study of the German National People’s Party
Larry Eugene Jones

Chapter 4. Academics and Radical Nationalism: The Pan-German League in Hamburg and the German Reich
Rainer Hering

Chapter 5. Realms of Leadership and Residues of Social Mobilization: The Pan-German League, 1918-1933
Björn Hofmeister

Chapter 6. Continuity and Change on the German Right: The Pan-German League and Nazism, 1918-1939
Barry A. Jackisch

Chapter 7. Weimar’s “Burning Question”: Situational Antisemitism and the German Combat Leagues, 1918-1933
Brian E. Crimm

Chapter 8. Antisemitism and the “Jewish Question” in the Political Worldview of the Catholic Right
Ulrike Ehret

Chapter 9. Eugenics and Protestant Social Thought in the Weimar Republic: Friedrich von Bodelschwingh and the Bethel Institutions
Edward Snyder

Chapter 10. Carl Schmitt and the Weimar Right
Joseph W. Bendersky

Notes on Contributors
Select Bibliography of New and Standard Works on the History of the German Right, 1918-1933
Index

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