Politische Gewalt in der Weimarer Republik 1918-1933: Kampf um die Straße und Furcht vor dem Bürgerkrieg

TitlePolitische Gewalt in der Weimarer Republik 1918-1933: Kampf um die Straße und Furcht vor dem Bürgerkrieg
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsSchumann, Dirk
Number of Pages400
PublisherKlartext
CityEssen
Abstract

The Prussian province of Saxony—where the Communist uprising of March 1921 took place and two Combat Leagues (Wehrverbände) were founded (the right-wing Stahlhelm and the Social Democratic Reichsbanner) - is widely recognized as a politically important region in this period of German history. Using a case study of this socially diverse province, this book provides a comprehensive analysis of political violence in Weimar Germany with particular emphasis on the political culture from which it emerged. It refutes both the claim that the Bolshevik revolution was the prime cause of violence, and the argument that the First World War’s all-encompassing “brutalization” doomed post-1918 German political life from the very beginning. The study thus contributes to a view of the Weimar Republic as a state in severe crisis but with alternatives to the Nazi takeover.

English edition: Political Violence in the Weimar Republic, 1918-1933: Fight for the Streets and Fear of Civil War

Translated TitlePolitical Violence in the Weimar Republic, 1918-1933: Fight for the Streets and Fear of Civil War
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