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The German Right, 1918–1930
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The failure of the Weimar Republic and the rise of National Socialism remains one of the most challenging problems of twentieth-century European history. The German Right, 1918–1930 sheds new light on this problem by examining the role that the non-Nazi Right played in the destabilization of Weimar democracy in the period before the emergence of the Nazi Party as a mass party of middle-class protest. Larry Eugene Jones identifies a critical divide within the German Right between those prepared to work within the framework of Germany's new republican government and those irrevocably committed to its overthrow. This split was only exacerbated by the course of German economic development in the 1920s, leaving the various organizations that comprised the German Right defenceless against the challenge of National Socialism. At no point was the disunity of the non-Nazi Right in the face of Nazism more apparent than in the September 1930 Reichstag elections.

Reviews

'This excellent study of the German National People’s Party and the conservative Protestant milieu asks why German conservatism failed to adapt to Weimar democracy after 1919. By tracing the right over the long term, Jones deepens our understanding of its inability to provide what Nazism offered, the emotional commitment to national unity.'

Shelley Baranowski - Distinguished Professor Emerita, University of Akron, Ohio

'Larry Eugene Jones has long been in the front rank of historians of Weimar politics. His insightful new book on the German Right is a worthy companion to his earlier classic on the role of the nation’s liberal parties in the rise of Nazism - and just as indispensable.'

Peter Hayes - Professor Emeritus of German History, Northwestern University, Illinois

'This book is essential reading on Weimar’s experiment in democracy and on the strategy to 'tame' Hitler and the Nazis. Based on a prodigious array of archival sources, Jones shows how political history should be written, with due attention to continuity and rupture. A stunning achievement.'

James Retallack - University of Toronto

'This brings together a lifetime of research and the most advanced analysis of the democratic dilemma of German conservatism in the Weimar Republic. The failure to bridge the divide between political stabilization from the Right and outright national opposition prevented Weimar's transformation into a Tory Democracy. A timely reminder against the recent trend to write the ‘history of democracy’ with the politics left out.'

Bernd Weisbrod - University of Göttingen

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Contents

  • Introduction
    pp 1-15
  • Setting The Context

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