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Germany – The Weimar Republic, 1918-33

3. How much of a problem was political extremism for the Weimar Republic?

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Lecture

In this module, we think about how much of a problem political extremism was in the Weimar Republic, focusing in particular on: (i) the different types of political ‘extremism’ in this period, from the various ‘putsches’ from both sides of the political spectrum to a chronic inability for different political parties to work together; (ii) the frequency of ‘putsches’ and other violent insurrections in the early years of the Weimar period – but their ultimate failure; and (iii) the extent to which the stereotype of Weimar democracy as dysfunctional is true.

Course

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?

Lecturer

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 much of a problem was political extremism for the Weimar Republic? [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/the-weimar-republic-1918-33-stibbe/how-much-of-a-problem-was-political-extremism-for-the-weimar-republic

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Stibbe, Matthew. "Germany – The Weimar Republic, 1918-33 – How much of a problem was political extremism for the Weimar Republic?." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 29 Jan 2021, https://massolit.io/courses/the-weimar-republic-1918-33-stibbe/how-much-of-a-problem-was-political-extremism-for-the-weimar-republic

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