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The Weimar Years Frank McDonough

The Weimar Years By Frank McDonough

The Weimar Years by Frank McDonough

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The prequel to Frank McDonough's Hitler Years series, covering the period of German history that led to the rise of Hitler in 1933.

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The Weimar Years: Rise and Fall 1918-1933 by Frank McDonough

Established in 1918-19, in the wake of Germany's catastrophic defeat in the First World War and the revolution that followed swiftly on its heels, the Weimar Republic ushered in widespread social reform, a radical cultural flowering and the most democratic conditions the German people had ever known. At its beginning, Weimar held out the hope that democracy, stability and prosperity would take root in Germany, but it was beset by frequent changes of government, waves of economic upheaval and spasms of violence of increasing intensity between the forces of left and right. Agitation and assassination by rightwing nationalists - enraged by the severity of the Treaty of Versailles and the acceptance of its terms by liberal German politicians - formed a threatening descant to the conciliatory efforts of successive coalition governments. Ultimately, the instabilities of Weimar would lead to the appointment as German Chancellor of the Nazi Fuhrer Adolf Hitler, who created a one-party dictatorship that abandoned the rule of law, democracy and civil rights. In the words of Gustav Stresemann, Germany's Nobel Peace Prize-winning Foreign Minister from 1923 to 1929, Weimar democracy was 'dancing on a volcano'. The Weimar Years is a vivid and compelling narrative of a dramatic period in German history. Year by year, from 1918 to 1933, Frank McDonough covers the major events in both domestic and foreign policy and the personalities who shaped them, together with developments in music, art, theatre and literature. McDonough places particular focus on the parliamentary history of Weimar, arguing that it was the failure of parliamentary democracy to bring stability that eroded public confidence and allowed the power of the elected Reichstag to gradually diminish, culminating in Hitler's accession to power in January 1933. The Weimar Years is the tragic story of a rise and fall, as well as a warning of how, under poor leadership, economic pressure and unrelenting political volatility, a democracy can drift towards a form of authoritarian rule that eventually destroys it.

The Weimar Years Reviews

Astonishing. A masterful account of the Weimar Republic that is the best I have ever read - and one that is destined to be a classic. An extraordinary achievement. * Peter Frankopan *
Yet again McDonough shows why he is one of the best chroniclers of 20th century Germany. This excellent book completes the set. Alongside his other volumes he now tells the whole story of Germany from one World War defeat to another. A giant achievement. * Dan Snow *
Frank McDonough has done it again. This authoritative guide to the fractured Weimar Republic is both well-considered and immensely readable. Superb. * Clare Mulley, author of The Women Who Flew For Hitler *
Magisterial, terrifyingly relevant and yet also a celebration of Weimar's delicious decadence: Frank McDonough's new Weimar Years, the latest in his outstanding series on Nazi rule and how it happened, combines scholarly research, narrative brio and lucid analysis in a work that enjoys the creativity and libertinism of Weimar - while chronicling its flaws and its rising darkness. * Simon Sebag Montefiore *
Written with an easy style which belies its author's erudition, The Weimar Years is a masterpiece of narrative history - and a poignant lesson in how democracy can fail. * Roger Moorhouse *
Quite simply, a book that must be read * Get History *
PRAISE FOR FRANK McDONOUGH: 'A masterclass in the history of Nazi Germany, with an internationally renowned expert as the teacher' Get History. 'What makes this volume really stand out is its stylish design and more than 80 coloured photographs, punctuating the account of Hitler's slow but inevitable march to war' Military History. 'An impressive tome, beautifully presented with a body of illustrations... It is as readable as it is authoritative. Rarely has the odious story of the Third Reich been so elegantly presented' History Today. 'I have read many books on the period and Frank McDonough's ranks above them all. Bravo' Danny Baker. 'McDonough writes clearly and readably with just enough detail on the huge canvas that he covers' * Spectator *

About Frank McDonough

Professor Frank McDonough is an internationally renowned expert on the Third Reich. He studied history at Balliol College, Oxford and gained a PhD from Lancaster University. Now based in Liverpool, McDonough has written many critically acclaimed books, including The Gestapo, Sophie Scholl and most recently The Hitler Years, a two-volume history charting the rise and fall of the Nazi regime.

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The Weimar Years: Rise and Fall 1918-1933 by Frank McDonough
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