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Political violence in the Weimar Republic, 1918-1933; battle for the streets and fears of civil war.

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Political violence in the Weimar Republic, 1918-1933; battle for the streets and fears of civil war.

Schumann, Dirk.

Berghahn Books

2009

346 pages

$90.00

Hardcover

Studies in German history; v.10

DD240

Focusing on the province of Saxony, Schumann (history, Georg-August U., Germany) explores organized political violence in Weimar Germany. He argues that the circumscribed civil war of 1919-1921 was followed in the period 1921-1933 by political violence that was less characterized by attempts to kill opponents and civil-war like fighting and that it instead was a struggle--between right-wing Combat Leagues and the Social Democrat and Communist groups mobilized in response to the Combat Leagues--over public terrain and symbols, a struggle which often assumed ritualistic features and was characterized by the use of limited methods and instruments. He argues that the violence could have been stopped with significant political will and blames the anti-Republican authoritarianism of large segments of the bourgeoisie for the failure to do so.

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