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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In the future, the only place of power that Germany should find should be in some type of European Federation. Germman reply Enter your comment here Though Meinecke remained in public a supporter of the Nazi regimein private he became increasingly bothered by fdiedrich he regarded as the violence and crudeness of the Nazis.

The first wave, socialism, sought to care for the needs of all members of society, to safeguard their standard of living. Militarism led to a loss of culture and produced narrow-mindedness, Meinecke goes to on say.

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His explanation for the success of National Socialism points to the legacy of Prussian militarism in Germany, the effects of rapid industrialisation and the weaknesses of the middle classes, though Meinecke also asserts that Hitlerism benefited from a series of unfortunate accidents, which had no connection with the earlier developments in German history.

To the geeman that he seeks meinefke answers, he finds those answers in chance and historical contingency. Nevertheless, he openly described himself as “antisemitic”, [10] and while he was willing to have Jewish friends and colleagues, the Nazi persecution of Jews never bothered him much.

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Friedrich Meinecke

The exaltation of spirit experienced during the August days ofin spite of its ephemeral character, is one of the more precious, unforgettable memories of the highest sort. After Half a Century Alvin H. Notify me of new comments via email. Let me know what you think!

World War One was the turning point for the German peopleMeinecke insists. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Friedrich Meinecke. 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. 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 Join other followers.

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In he had been one of the founders of the German Democratic Party. Like the CW on Facebook! In order to explain himself, Meinecke explains that society needs to retain a careful balance between rationality and irrationality perhaps what he refers to in other places as civilization and culturerespectively. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Meinecke was best known for his work on 18thth century Katastrophw intellectual and cultural history.

Margaret MacMillan, Paris I picked this book up because Pflanze mentioned meineckf in his biography of Bismarck. In the book Meinecke interprets National Socialism as an “alien force occupying Germany”, [13] while friedrlch the same time expressing anti-semitic prejudice towards the Jews. Email required Address never made public.

In this case, individuals were simply citizens of the state.

Retrieved from ” https: Park by Stanford M. InMeinecke helped to found the Free University of Berlin. Mfinecke situation, plus bad social conditions including but not limited to the decrees of the Versailles Treaty were necessary for the existence of Hitler.


The German Catastrophe

Again, you see a dichotomy emerge: Friedrich Meinecke October 20, — February 6, was a German historian, with national liberal and anti-semitic viewswho supported the Nazi invasion of Poland.

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Was the uplift of August after all merely the last flickering meineck older evolutionary forces which were now coming to an end? Meinecke acknowledges that in order to combine nationalism and socialism, the firm power of the state is needed. After the Nazis invaded Poland in he praised this meinece in a letter to Siegfred August Kaehler, stating: After World War IIas a representative of an older tradition, he criticized the Nazi regime, but continued to express anti-semitic prejudice.

Frierich forces are always struggling for primacy. AfterMeinecke fell into a state of semi-disgrace, and was removed as editor of the Historische Zeitschrift. Friedrich Meinecke, The German Catastrophe: Within a year the unity was shattered and the German people were again separated upon various paths. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

Book ReviewGerman History Tags: For more books on modern German history, see my full list of book reviews. Viewed as a homily, it may have had the intended effect.