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2. Culture, 1918-30
About this Lecture
In this module, we look at the factors that shaped culture in the Weimar Republic, focusing in particular on: (i) the impact of the First World War upon Weimar culture; (ii) the development of censorship under the Weimar Republic’s Democratic Constitution; (iii) the novel cultural developments inspired by the increase in free time and cultural activities in the Weimar Republic; and (iv) the rise of mass culture in Weimar Germany, specifically records and movies.
In this course, Professor David Imhoof (Susquehanna University) explores German culture between the years 1918-45. In the first module, we think about the relationship between culture and politics in this period, focusing in particular upon the impact of the First World War and the Great Depression. In the second module, we take a closer look at culture in the Weimar Republic, before turning in the third module to think about the elements of change and continuity in German culture during the Nazis’ rise to power. In the fourth module, we consider the conservatism of culture during the Third Reich, before in the fifth module finally outlining how the Nazis restricted and politicised culture during the Second World War.
Professor David Imhoof is Professor of History at Susquehanna University. His research interests lie in modern European, German and cultural history, in particular the interaction between film and history, and music and history. His recent publications include So, About Modern Europe...: A Conversational History from the Enlightenment to the Present Day (2020), The Total Work of Art: Foundations, Articulations, Inspirations (2016, editor), and Becoming a Nazi Town: Culture and Politics in Göttingen between the World Wars (2013).
Cite this Lecture
Imhoof, D. (2022, August 22). Germany - Weimar and Nazi Culture, 1918-45 - Culture, 1918-30 [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/germany-nazi-and-weimar-culture-1918-45/culture-1918-30
Imhoof, D. "Germany - Weimar and Nazi Culture, 1918-45 – Culture, 1918-30." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 20 Sep 2022, https://massolit.io/courses/germany-nazi-and-weimar-culture-1918-45/culture-1918-30