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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Friedrich Meinecke

Notify me of new posts via email. Matt rated it it was ok May 29, Trivia About German Catastroph To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. When the First World War broke out, it seemed once more that a kind angel might lead the German people back to the right path.

For more books on modern German history, see my full list of book reviews. The German people, he germam us, were fundamentally good, and he knew all along that they would emerge tue the Hitler disaster.

Steve Reads Steve Reads. Though Meinecke remained in public a supporter of the Nazi regimein private he became increasingly bothered by what he regarded as the violence and crudeness of the Nazis. Email required Address never made public. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Magdalena rated it it was amazing Sep 01, This situation, plus bad social conditions including but not limited to the decrees of the Versailles Treaty were necessary for the existence of Griedrich.

Paperbackpages. Tony marked it as to-read May 10, In he worked as an archivist at the German State Archives. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. He meant to tell the German people that they tye fundamentally good and that they would soon recover.


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After the Nazis invaded Poland in he praised this event in a letter to Siegfred August Kaehler, stating: Subscribe to The Curious Wanderer! Yzclivius marked it as to-read Sep 09, Julia rated it it was ok Aug 06, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Hitler in this analysis is the German response to those forces.

We underwent a rare disappointment in our hopes. Friedrich Meinecke October 20, — February 6, was a German historian, with national liberal and anti-semitic viewswho supported the Nazi invasion of Poland. Alexander marked it as to-read Sep 21, freidrich Post was not sent – check your email addresses!

Just a germsn while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 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. Let me know what you think! He was educated at the University of Bonn and froedrich University of Berlin. Viewed as a homily, it may have had the intended effect.

Meinecke acknowledges that in order to combine nationalism and socialism, the firm power of the state is needed. Christian V marked it as to-read Jun 28, For the sculptor, see Friedrich Meinecke sculptor.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Renan Virginio marked it as to-read Sep 02, In the book Meinecke interprets National Socialism as an “alien force occupying Germany”, [13] while at the same time expressing anti-semitic prejudice towards the Jews.

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InMeinecke helped to found the Free University of Berlin. Furthermore, the author pointed out that Hitler’s ideas were not shared by the majority of German citizens and that there were strange oddities that occurred that allowed Hitler to Seize power. Nevertheless, he openly described himself as “antisemitic”, [10] and while he was willing to catasfrophe Jewish friends and colleagues, the Nazi persecution of Jews never bothered him much.


Published immediately after the end of World War II he sees modern history as the confluence of the rise of nationalism and the massive population growth leading to the decline of the aristocratic catadtrophe. If Hindenburg had not named Hitler chancellor, the Nazi movement might have faded out on its own. All the rifts which had hitherto existed in the German people, both within the bourgeoisie and between the bourgeoisie and the working classes, were suddenly closed in the face of the common danger which snatched us out of the security of the material prosperity that we had been enjoying.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. To what extent was totalitarianism a peculiar German phenomenon rather than an aspect of general European development? This page was last edited on 28 Decemberat Books by Friedrich Meinecke. In friedich future, the only place of power that Germany should find should be in some type of European Federation.

Anyo This out of print book offers food for thought on the current situation in America after the Trump Election. 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.

Steve Walsh marked it as to-read Mar 08, His dualistic understanding of reality and the forces of history is oversimplified, I feel. Again, you see a dichotomy emerge:

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