The German catastrophe: Reflections and recollections (Beacon paperback) [ Friedrich Meinecke] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. London: Allen and Unwin.) DIE DEUTSCHE KATASTROPHE: BETRACHTUNGEN UND. ERINNERUNGEN. By Friedrich Meinecke. ( Zurich: Aero-. Verlag. public officials today. The author tells us to follow the common good-but. “What is the common good?” is the real question perplexing the world, and on.

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To the extent that he seeks out answers, he finds those answers in chance and historical contingency. Harvard University Press, This militarism, which was a synthesis of intellect and raw power led to a tendency to be subservient, Meineicke argues Another dreamed to construct a national socialism: To what extent was totalitarianism a peculiar German phenomenon rather than an aspect of general European development?

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This page was last edited on 28 Katastripheat After the Nazis invaded Poland in he praised this event in a letter to Siegfred August Kaehler, stating: Carr [16] cites him as an example of a historian whose views are heavily influenced by the Zeitgeist: I picked this book up because Pflanze mentioned it in his biography of Bismarck.


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Margaret MacMillan, Paris Under the Third Reichhe had some sympathy for the regime, especially in regard to its early anti-semitic laws. Viewed as a homily, it may have had the intended effect.

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Meinecke was best known for his work on 18thth century German intellectual and cultural history. He meant to tell the German people that they were fundamentally good and that they would soon recover.

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World War One was the turning point for the German peopleMeinecke insists. Like the CW on Facebook!

For the sculptor, see Friedrich Meinecke sculptor. Subscribe to The Curious Wanderer! AfterMeinecke fell into a state of semi-disgrace, and was removed as editor of the Historische Zeitschrift. The German people, he tells us, were fundamentally good, and he knew all along that they would emerge from the Hitler disaster. Meinecke acknowledges that in order to combine nationalism and socialism, the firm power of the state is needed.

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You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your WordPress. Email required Address never made public. Free from romantic notions of national solidarity, Meinecke also addresses the fissures in German society that reasserted themselves several months after the war began.


The Long Road West: You are commenting using your Twitter account. Friedrich Meinecke, The German Catastrophe: Reflections and Recollections Though Meinecke remained in public a latastrophe of the Nazi regimein private he became increasingly bothered by what he regarded as the violence and crudeness of the Nazis. Learn how your comment data is processed.

After World War IIas a representative of an older tradition, he criticized the Nazi regime, but continued to express anti-semitic prejudice. This situation, plus bad social conditions including but not limited to the decrees of the Versailles Treaty were necessary for the existence of Hitler.

Search My Site Search for: His explanation for the success of National Socialism points to the legacy of Prussian militarism in Germany, the effects of rapid industrialisation and the weaknesses of the middle classes, though Meinecke also asserts that Hitlerism benefited from a series of unfortunate accidents, which had no connection with the earlier developments in German history.

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