By Mary Fulbrook

ISBN-10: 1405188146

ISBN-13: 9781405188142

The 3rd variation of A heritage of Germany strains the dramatic social, cultural, and political tensions in Germany for the reason that 1918.

- bargains a persuasive interpretation of the dynamics of twentieth-century German history

- Treats German background from 1918-2008 from the point of view of department and reunification, masking East and West German historical past in equivalent depth

- Covers the self-destructive Weimar Republic, the extremes of genocide and armed forces aggression within the Nazi period, the department of the state within the chilly struggle, and the cave in of communist East Germany and unification in 1990

- re-creation contains updates all through, specifically overlaying the Nazi interval and the Holocaust; a brand new bankruptcy on Germany because the Nineteen Nineties; and a considerably revised and up-to-date bibliography

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Kapp, Lüttwitz and their circle planned to take advantage of this mood among the rank and file. At the beginning of March 1920 the government ordered the disbandment of, inter alia, the Ehrhardt Marine Brigade which was quartered near Berlin. Thereupon, on 10 March, Lüttwitz called on President Ebert to put a stop to all further disbandment; he also demanded the resignation of the President and government, and fresh elections to the Reichstag. The government responded by dismissing him, whereupon he made his way to the Ehrhardt Brigade, and early on the morning of 13 March the brigade, under his command, occupied the government district of Berlin and proclaimed Kapp as the new chancellor.

Thus the League began its existence as an association of the victors. France saw it primarily as a means of preserving and consolidating her own power, while the British sought to use it to preserve a balance of power on the Continent. There was no ‘revolution in foreign policy’ such as had been desired by Wilson and the other supporters of the League idea. International affairs continued to be overwhelmingly a matter of national power politics, buttressed by bilateral and multilateral alliances in the same way as before 1914.

In these months the Majority Socialists paid the price for the political line that their leaders had followed between November and January. An appreciable number of members and supporters left the party, disappointed by its compromise policy of co-operation with the bourgeois parties, the generals and senior bureaucrats. This disappointment and embitterment showed itself in two ways: in the radicalization that caused many SPD supporters to switch to the USPD, and also in increasing resignation and political neutralism on the part of those who did not favour a more radical policy but equally could no longer support the government line, and who therefore, for instance, abstained from voting in the elections.

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