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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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And more than that, one perceived in all camps that it was not a matter merely of the unity of a gain-seeking partnership, but that an friecrich renovation of our whole state and culture was needed. Viewed as a homily, it may have had the intended effect. Viewed as a work of moral discovery, it is appalling. 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 germaj Nazis. For more books on modern German history, see my full list of book reviews.

This situation, plus bad social conditions including but not limited to the decrees of the Versailles Treaty were necessary for the existence of Hitler. Within a year the unity was shattered and the German people were again separated upon various paths. Black Gay Men of the South Turtle! The Long Friedrjch West: 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 meineckke been enjoying.

Friedrich Meinecke Kaastrophe 20, — February 6, was a German historian, with national liberal and anti-semitic viewswho supported the Nazi invasion of Poland. This militarism, which was a synthesis of intellect and raw power led to a tendency to be subservient, Meineicke argues We underwent a rare disappointment in our hopes.


Margaret MacMillan, Paris For the sculptor, see Friedrich Meinecke sculptor. Again, you see a dichotomy emerge: Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Two forces are always struggling for primacy. In other projects Wikimedia Commons.

The German Catastrophe

Another dreamed to construct a national socialism: Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. In he worked as an archivist at the German State Archives. Friedrich Meinecke, The German Catastrophe: In the future, the only place of power that Germany should find should be in some type of European Federation. Carr [16] cites him as an example of a historian whose views are heavily influenced by the Zeitgeist: Free from romantic notions friedrih national solidarity, Meinecke also addresses the fissures in German society that reasserted themselves several months after the war began.

Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Friedrich Meinecke. In he had been one of the founders of the German Democratic Party. This page was meinecie edited on 28 Decemberat The German people, he tells us, were fundamentally good, and he knew all along that they would emerge from the Hitler disaster. After World War IIas a representative of an older tradition, he criticized the Nazi regime, but continued to express anti-semitic prejudice.

A state whose essence is organization will be indifferent, with the innermost distrust, toward the incalculable unfolding of life of the individual, from which alone German culture buds forth.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here He meant to tell the German people that they were fundamentally good and that they would soon recover.


Email required Address never made public. 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.

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This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Book ReviewGerman History Tags: Meinecke acknowledges that in order to combine nationalism and socialism, the firm power of the state is needed. InMeinecke helped to found the Free University of Berlin.

AfterMeinecke fell into a state of semi-disgrace, and was removed as editor of the Historische Zeitschrift. The exaltation of spirit experienced during the August days ofin spite of its ephemeral character, is one of the more precious, unforgettable memories of the highest sort.

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Steve Reads Steve Reads. Join other followers. One of Meinecke’s best-known books, Die Deutsche Katastrophe The German Catastrophe ofsees the historian attempting to reconcile his lifelong belief in authoritarian state power with the disastrous events of 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.

Reflections and Recollections Email required Address never made public. After Half a Century Alvin H.