The German catastrophe: Reflections and recollections (Beacon paperback) [ Friedrich Meinecke] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. London: Allen and Unwin.) DIE DEUTSCHE KATASTROPHE: BETRACHTUNGEN UND. ERINNERUNGEN. By Friedrich Meinecke. ( Zurich: Aero-. Verlag. public officials today. The author tells us to follow the common good-but. “What is the common good?” is the real question perplexing the world, and on.

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And more than that, one perceived in all camps that it was not a matter merely of the unity of a gain-seeking partnership, but that an inner renovation of our whole state and culture was needed. After World War IIas a representative of an older tradition, he criticized the Nazi regime, but continued to express anti-semitic prejudice.

He was educated at the University of Bonn and the University of Berlin. To the extent that he seeks out answers, he finds those answers in chance and historical contingency. In he worked as an archivist at the German State Archives. A state whose essence is organization will be indifferent, with the innermost distrust, toward the incalculable unfolding of life of the individual, from which alone German culture buds forth.

The German Catastrophe

I picked this book up because Pflanze mentioned it in his biography of Bismarck. The exaltation of feiedrich experienced during the August days ofin spite of its ephemeral character, is one of the more precious, unforgettable memories of the highest sort. Views Read Edit View history. Notify me of new comments via email. In meinceke, he helped to found the Free University of Berlin in West Berlinand remained an important figure to the end of his life. Frirdrich German Catastrophe] is nothing so much as a work of moral cowardice.


If Hindenburg had not named Hitler chancellor, the Nazi movement might have faded out on its own. Under the Weimar RepublicMeinecke was a Vernunftsrepublikaner republican by reasonsomeone who supported the republic as the least bad alternative.

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Wikimedia Commons has media related to Friedrich Meinecke. He meant meinnecke tell the German people that they were fundamentally good and that they would soon recover. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: One of Meinecke’s best-known books, Die Deutsche Katastrophe The German Catastrophe ofsees the historian attempting to reconcile his lifelong belief in authoritarian state power with the disastrous events of To what extent was totalitarianism a peculiar German phenomenon rather than an aspect of general European development?

World War One was the turning point for the German peopleMeinecke insists. Learn how your comment data is processed.

This situation, plus bad social conditions including but not limited to the decrees of the Versailles Treaty were necessary for the existence of Hitler. For the sculptor, see Friedrich Meinecke sculptor. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Leave a Reply Katasrrophe reply Enter your comment here This site uses cookies.

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Let me know what you think! I assumed that a historian of all people in the immediate aftermath of the collapse of all times would have some morally and intellectually probing thoughts on the matter.


Within a year the unity was shattered and the German people were again separated upon various paths. Harvard University Press, In he had been one of the founders of the German Democratic Party.

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In the book Meinecke interprets National Socialism as an “alien force occupying Germany”, [13] while at the same time expressing anti-semitic prejudice towards the Jews. Militarism led to a loss of culture and produced narrow-mindedness, Meinecke goes to on say. As a nationalist historian Meinecke didn’t care katastrophf much for the desires of peoples in Eastern Europe, [4] and went as far as writing about “raw bestiality of the south Slavs”, [5] while favoring German expansionism into the East.

We generally believed indeed that this had already commenced and that it would progress further in the common experiences of the war, which was looked upon as a war of defense and self-protection.

In this case, individuals were simply citizens of the state. Fill in your details below or click an icon meineckee log in: Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Meinecke acknowledges that in order to combine nationalism and socialism, the firm power of the state is needed.

Another dreamed to construct a national socialism: Again, you see a dichotomy emerge: Retrieved from ” https: Search My Site Search for: Subscribe to The Curious Wanderer! You are commenting using your WordPress.