The German Catastrophe. By Friedrich Meinecke. Harvard University Press, . pp. $ Purchase. This little book, written in by the dean of. I picked this book up because Pflanze mentioned it in his biography of Bismarck. The question that anyone had to ask after World War II was. The German Catastrophe: Reflections and Recollections. Front Cover. Friedrich Meinecke. Harvard University Press, – Germany – pages.

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Viewed as a work of moral discovery, it is appalling.

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Fruedrich My Site Search for: Tony marked it as to-read May 10, Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: 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.

To the extent that he seeks out answers, he finds those answers in chance and historical contingency. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The German people, he tells us, were fundamentally good, and he knew all along that they would emerge from the Hitler disaster.


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Two forces are always struggling for primacy. To ask other readers questions meineckf German Catastropheplease sign up. Anyone who is interested in exploring what history could suggest about potentially repeating itself in America should try to get a copy of this book and read it.

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Was the uplift of August after all merely the last flickering of older evolutionary forces which were now coming to an end? One of Meinecke’s best-known books, Die Deutsche Katastrophe The German Catastrophe catastrophdsees the historian attempting to reconcile his lifelong belief in authoritarian state power with the disastrous events of Reflections and recollections Beacon paperback.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Views Read Edit View history. Alexander marked it as to-read Sep 21, You are commenting using your Facebook account. Preview — German Catastrophe by Friedrich Meinecke. Margaret MacMillan, Paris Katie marked it as ffriedrich Mar 04, Also, it seems that everything has the seed of its own undoing nationalism was catastropue as a liberal force, but its greed for power led to its abuse. World War One was the turning point for the German peopleMeinecke insists.

As a nationalist historian Meinecke didn’t care very much for the desires of peoples in Eastern Europe, [4] and meonecke as far as writing about “raw bestiality of the south Slavs”, [5] while favoring German expansionism into the East.


German Catastrophe: Reflections & Recollections by Friedrich Meinecke

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. And more than cataxtrophe, one perceived in all camps that it was not a matter merely of the unity of a gain-seeking partnership, but that an inner renovation of our whole state and culture was needed.

Furthermore, the author pointed out that Hitler’s ideas were not shared by the majority rriedrich German citizens and that there were strange oddities that occurred that allowed Hitler to Seize power.

His solution for the Germans was to go back to the idealism of Goethe’s romanicism with a heafty dose of Christianity. Magdalena rated it it was amazing Sep 01, Chellie rated it it was ok Apr 20, Retrieved from ” https: We generally believed indeed that this had already commenced and that it would progress further in the common experiences of the war, which was looked upon as a war of defense and self-protection. Meinecke acknowledges that in order to combine nationalism and socialism, the firm power of the state is needed.