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12. How did ethnic minorities fare in the Weimar period?
About this Lecture
In this module, we think about the treatment of ethnic minorities in the Weimar period, with a particular focus on the Jewish community and black Germans. In particular, we consider: (i) the size and distribution of the Jewish community in Weimar Germany; (ii) the evidence for antisemitism in Germany in the period; (iii) the extent to which the Jewish community was protected by the law; (iv) the extent to which 1933 represented a discontinuity in the treatment of the Jewish community in Germany; (v) the size and distribution of black community in Weimar Germany; (vi) the evidence for anti-black discrimination; (vii) the kind of employment held by black Germans; (viii) the extent to which black Germans created and maintained support networks for one another; and (ix) the importance of Weimar Germany as a post-colonial state, i.e. a state that formerly owned colonies, at a time when Britain and France still maintained colonial possessions.
In this course, Professor Matthew Stibbe (Sheffield Hallam University) explores Weimar Germany through twelve key questions: (1) Was Weimar Germany doomed to fail from the start?; (2) Why did Weimar fail in the early 1930s?; (3) How much of a problem was political extremism for the Weimar Republic?; (4) What kind of elections took place in Weimar Germany?; (5) How did the design of the West Germany constitution aim to avoid the problems faced by Weimar Germany?; (6) What was the impact of hyperinflation in Weimar Germany?; (7) How successful was the Weimar economy in the years 1924-29?; (8) What was the impact of the Wall Street Crash on the Weimar Republic?; (9) Did living standards improve in the Weimar period?; (10) What was Weimar culture?; (11) Did the lives of women improve in the Weimar period?; and (12) How did ethnic minorities fare in the Weimar period?
Matthew Stibbe is Professor of Modern European History at Sheffield Hallam University. He is a specialist in twentieth-century German and European history, and currently serves on the committee of the German History Society. His most recent publications include (as co-editor with Kevin McDermott) Eastern Europe in 1968: Responses to the Prague Spring and Warsaw Pact Invasion (2018) and (as co-editor with Ingrid Sharp) Women's International Activism During the Inter-War Period, 1919-39 (2018).
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Stibbe, M. (2021, January 29). Germany – The Weimar Republic, 1918-33 - How did ethnic minorities fare in the Weimar period? [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/the-weimar-republic-1918-33-stibbe/how-did-ethnic-minorities-fare-in-the-weimar-period
Stibbe, Matthew. "Germany – The Weimar Republic, 1918-33 – How did ethnic minorities fare in the Weimar period?." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 29 Jan 2021, https://massolit.io/courses/the-weimar-republic-1918-33-stibbe/how-did-ethnic-minorities-fare-in-the-weimar-period