Beyond glitter and doom: The contingency of the Weimar Republic

Beyond glitter and doom: The contingency of the Weimar Republic. Edited by Jochen Hung, Godela Weiss-Sussex and Geoff Wilkes Munchen, Germany: Iudicium, 2012.

Title Beyond glitter and doom: The contingency of the Weimar Republic
Place of Publication Munchen, Germany
Publisher Iudicium
Publication year 2012
Sub-type Edited book
Volume 98
ISBN 9780854572235; 9783862050840
Language eng
Editor Jochen Hung
Godela Weiss-Sussex
Geoff Wilkes
Total number of pages 211
Formatted Abstract/Summary
The Weimar Republic has received more attention in academic research and popular culture than almost any other period in German history. Nevertheless, its prevailing historical image remains surprisingly simplistic: it is often seen as an era of accelerated cultural progress on the one hand and extreme political unrest, social upheaval and economic crisis on the other, a view epitomized in the ubiquitous image of the ‘dance on the volcano’.

The authors gathered in this volume aim to move the discussion beyond this limited dichotomy. Their essays cover a wide range, from Weimar’s legal framework to musical theatre, each challenging hitherto accepted views in its respective field. Despite their thematic range and differences in approach, the contributions are united by the common theme of contingency. They posit the idea of Weimar’s historical ‘openness’, reflected in the period’s pluralism, as a counter-narrative to the image of the first German democracy as a moribund mixture of modernist glitter and socio-economic doom.
Q-Index Code AX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Collected articles from "Beyond Glitter and Doom: New Perspectives of the Weimar Republic" An international conference at the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London. Thursday, 30 September – Friday, 1 October 2010

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