Weimar Culture: The Outsider as Insider

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W. W. Norton & Company, Dec 17, 2001 - History - 205 pages
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A seminal work as melodious and haunting as the era it chronicles, now reissued with a new introduction.

First published in 1968, Weimar Culture is one of the masterworks of Peter Gay's distinguished career. A study of German culture between the two wars, the book brilliantly traces the rise of the artistic, literary, and musical culture that bloomed ever so briefly in the 1920s amid the chaos of Germany's tenuous post-World War I democracy, and crashed violently in the wake of Hitler's rise to power. Despite the ephemeral nature of the Weimar democracy, the influence of its culture was profound and far-reaching, ushering in a modern sensibility in the arts that dominated Western culture for most of the twentieth century. Vivid and eminently readable, Weimar Culture is the finest introduction for the casual reader and historian alike. "[A]n enormously rich, intriguing, and exciting essay.... A major contribution to the study..."—The New York Times
  

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User Review  - Stephen Bauer - Goodreads

As someone who knew next to nothing about the culture of Weimar, this was a great introduction. Read full review

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User Review  - Barnaby Thieme - Goodreads

Peter Gay delivers a whirlwind tour of the social and cultural realities of Weimar Germany in this extraordinary little book. What an astonishing time, when the country was electrified and torn every ... Read full review

Contents

THE TRAUMA OF BIRTH FROM WEIMAR TO WEIMAR
1
THE COMMUNITY OF REASON CONCILIATORS AND CRITICS
23
THE SECRET GERMANY POETRY AS POWER
46
THE HUNGER FOR WHOLENESS TRIALS OF MODERNITY
70
THE REVOLT OF THE SON EXPRESSIONIST YEARS
102
THE REVENGE OF THE FATHER RISE AND FALL OF OBJECTIVITY
119
A Short Political History of the Weimar Republic
147
Bibliography
165
Index
199
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Peter Gay is the author of more than twenty-five books, including the National Book Award winner The Enlightenment, the best-selling Weimar Culture, and the widely translated Freud: A Life for Our Time. He lives in New York City.

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