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The Weimar Century reveals the origins of two dramatic events: Germany’s post–World War II transformation from a racist dictatorship to a liberal democracy, and the ideological genesis of the Cold War. Blending intellectual, political, and international histories, Udi Greenberg shows that the foundations of Germany’s reconstruction lay in the country’s first democratic experiment, the Weimar Republic (1918–33). He traces the paths of five crucial German émigrés who participated in Weimar’s intense political debates, spent the Nazi era in the United States, and then rebuilt Europe after a devastating war. Examining the unexpected stories of these diverse individuals—Protestant political thinker Carl J. Friedrich, Socialist theorist Ernst Fraenkel, Catholic publicist Waldemar Gurian, liberal lawyer Karl Loewenstein, and international relations theorist Hans Morgenthau—Greenberg uncovers the intellectual and political forces that forged Germany’s democracy after dictatorship, war, and occupation.

In restructuring German thought and politics, these émigrés also shaped the currents of the early Cold War. Having borne witness to Weimar’s political clashes and violent upheavals, they called on democratic regimes to permanently mobilize their citizens and resources in global struggle against their Communist enemies. In the process, they gained entry to the highest levels of American power, serving as top-level advisors to American occupation authorities in Germany and Korea, consultants for the State Department in Latin America, and leaders in universities and philanthropic foundations across Europe and the United States. Their ideas became integral to American global hegemony.

From interwar Germany to the dawn of the American century, The Weimar Century sheds light on the crucial ideas, individuals, and politics that made the trans-Atlantic postwar order.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half title, Title page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-24
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  1. Chapter I: The Search for “Responsible Elites:” Carl J. Friedrich and the Reform of Higher Education
  2. pp. 25-75
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  1. Chapter II: Socialist Reform, the Rule of Law, and Labor Outreach: Ernst Fraenkel and the Concept of "Collective Democracy?
  2. pp. 76-119
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  1. Chapter III: Conservative Catholicism and American Philanthropy: Waldemar Gurian, "Personalist "Democracy, and Anti-communism
  2. pp. 120-168
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  1. Chapter IV: Individual Liberties and “Militant Democracy”: Karl Loewenstein and Aggressive Liberalism
  2. pp. 169-210
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  1. Chapter V: From the League of Nations to Vietnam: Hans J. Morgenthau and Realist Reform of International Relations
  2. pp. 211-255
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 256-262
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. 263-264
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  1. List of Archives
  2. pp. 265-266
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 267-276
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781400852390
Related ISBN
9780691159331
MARC Record
OCLC
966766346
Pages
288
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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