The Weimar Republic Additional Resources

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Print Resources: Memoirs

  • Alfred Apfel, Behind the Scenes of German Justice: Reflections of a German Barrister 1882-1933 (John Lane, London) 1935.
  • Arnold Brecht, The Political Education of Arnold Brecht: an Autobiography 1884 - 1970 (Princeton University Press) .
  • Michael Danzi, American Musician in Germany, 1924-1939 (Legacy Books) 1986.
  • Ruth Fischer, Stalin and German Communism: A Study in the Origins of the State Party (Harvard University Press) 1948.
  • George Grosz, George Grosz: An Autobiography (University of California Press) 1998.
  • Richard Hulsenbeck, Memoirs of a Dada Drummer (University of California Press) 1991.
  • Harry Kessler, In the Twenties: The Diaries of Harry Kessler (Holt, Rinehart and Winston) .
  • Rosa Leviné-Meyer, Inside German Communism: Memoirs of Party Life in the Weimar Republic (Pluto Press) 1977.
  • Carl von Ossietzky, The Stolen Republic: Selected Writings of Carl von Ossietzky, Bruno Frei, ed. (Seven Seas Publishers, Berlin).

Print Resources: Secondary Sources

  • David Abraham, The Collapse of the Weimar Republic (Holmes and Meier Publishers, Inc.) 2nd Edition, 1986.
  • Paul Bookbinder, Weimar Germany: the Republic of the Reasonable (Manchester University Press) 1997.
  • Renate Bridenthal (ed.), When Biology Became Destiny: Women in Weimar and Nazi Germany (Monthly Review Press) 1984.
  • Norman Rufus Colin Cohn, Warrant for Genocide: The Myth of the Jewish World Conspiracy and the Protocols of the Elders of Zion (Serif) New Edition, 2001.
  • David Crew, Germans on Welfare: From Weimar to Hitler (Oxford University Press) 1998.
  • Lotte H. Eisner,The Haunted Screen (University of California Press, Berkeley) 1952, 1965.
  • Richard Evans (ed.),German working class, 1888-1933: the politics of everyday life () .
  • Erich Eyck, History of the Weimar Republic (Atheneum) 1970.
  • Gerald Feldman, The Great Disorder: Politics, Economics and Society in the German Inflation, 1914-1924 (Oxford University Press) 1997.
  • Conan Fischer, The German Communists and the Rise of Hitler (Palgrave Macmillan) 1991.
  • Peter Gay, Weimar Culture: The Outsider as Insider (W.W. Norton and Company) 2001.
  • Elaine Hochman, Bauhaus: Crucible of Modernism (Fromm Intl.) 1997.
  • Richard N. Hunt, (ed.) Creation of the Weimar Republic Stillborn democracy? (D.C. Heath, New York) 1969.
  • Peter Jelavich, Berlin Cabaret (Harvard University Press; Reprint Edition) 1996.
  • Ian Kershaw, Hitler:1889-1936 (W.W. Norton and Company) 2000.
  • Sigfried Kracauer, From Caligari to Hitler: a Psychological History of German Film (Princeton University Press) 1947, 1966.
  • Marjorie Lamberti, The Politics of Education: Teachers and School Reform in Weimar Germany. Monographs in German History Series ( Berghahn Books, New York and Oxford) 2002.
  • Walter Laqueur, Weimar, a Cultural History (Weidenfeld and Nicolson).
  • Heinrich Mann, Josef Von Sternberg and Robert Blaue Engel Liebman, The Blue Angel (Ungar Publishing Company) 1980.
  • Donald Niewyck, TheJews in Weimar Germany (Transaction Publishers) 2001.
  • Alan Sharpe, The Versailles Settlement: Peacemaking in Paris (Bedford/St. Martin's) 1991.
  • Louis L. Snyder, The Weimar Republic: A History of Germany from Ebert to Hitler (D. Van Nostrand Company, Inc., Princeton, New Jersey).
  • Cynthia Tilden, German middle class self-perception in the Weimar Republic () .
  • Bernd Widdig, Culture and Inflation in Weimar Germany (University of California Press) 2001.
  • John Willett, Theatre of the Weimar Republic (Holmes and Meier Publishers, Inc.) 1988.
  • John Willett, Art and Politics in the Weimar Period: The New Sobriety 1917-1933 (De Capo Press, New York) 1996.

Web Resources

Calvin College -- German Propaganda Archive

The Minneapolis Institute of Art: Bauhaus

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