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Weimar Germany
Weimar Germany: Promise and Tragedy | Eric D. Weitz
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Weimar Germany still fascinates us, and now this complex and remarkably creative period and place has the history it deserves. Eric Weitz's Weimar Germany reveals the Weimar era as a time of strikingly progressive achievements--and even greater promise. With a rich thematic narrative and detailed portraits of some of Weimar's greatest figures, this comprehensive history recaptures the excitement and drama as it unfolded, viewing Weimar in its own right--and not as a mere prelude to the Nazi era. Weimar Germany tells how Germans rose from the defeat of World War I and the turbulence of revolution to forge democratic institutions and make Berlin a world capital of avant-garde art. Setting the stage for this story, Weitz takes the reader on a walking tour of Berlin to see and feel what life was like there in the 1920s, when modernity and the modern city--with its bright lights, cinemas, "new women," cabarets, and sleek department stores--were new. We learn how Germans enjoyed better working conditions and new social benefits and listened to the utopian prophets of everything from radical socialism to communal housing to nudism. Weimar Germany also explores the period's revolutionary cultural creativity, from the new architecture of Erich Mendelsohn, Bruno Taut, and Walter Gropius to Hannah Hch's photomontages and Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's theater. Other chapters assess the period's turbulent politics and economy, and the recipes for fulfilling sex lives propounded by new "sexologists." Yet Weimar Germany also shows that beneath this glossy veneer lay political turmoil that ultimately led to the demise of the republic and the rise of the radical Right. Thoroughly up-to-date, skillfully written, and strikingly illustrated, Weimar Germany brings to life as never before an era of creativity unmatched in the twentieth century-one whose influence and inspiration we still feel today. In a new chapter, Weitz depicts Weimar's global impact in the decades after the destruction of the republic, when so many of its key cultural and political figures fled Nazi Germany. The Weimar style they carried with them has powerfully influenced art, urban design, and intellectual life from Tokyo to Ankara, Brasilia to New York. They made Weimar an example of all that is liberating, and all that can go wrong, in a democracy.
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JazzFeathers
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Finished Weimar Germany yesterday after having it on my bedside table basically all through the year.
It was an interesting read, but l have to admit the first part was far more interesting than the rest, maybe because it was more focused on social history.
Gives a very good look at this time in European history.

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JazzFeathers
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This month is shaping up as the worst l've had since l joined Litsy.
Hoping to finish at least this one book.
Only thing l'm keeping up is #YearOfTolkien readalong.
Depressing.

julesG There are good months and not do good ones. Don't fret about it. 4y
Lindy Yes, what @julesG said. 🌻 4y
Daisey Some months are like that. Just appreciate what you do read. 4y
JazzFeathers @Lindy @julesG @Daisey Thanks for the encouragement, gals 😘 l know you're right, it's just a bummer that l probably won't read a complete book this month. But the Tolkien presentation and #NaNoWriMo really sucked the life out of me. Let's see whether l can at least finish NaNoWriMo 😆 4y
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1. Yes, of course. I write historical fiction.
2. I'd say 1 every 5 fiction
3. The 1920s
4. 'Interzones' by K.J. Mumford about the relationship between sex in race in America in the first half of the XX century
5. I'm currently reading the tagged book. Good one too.

@wanderinglynn #HelloThursday

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 😀 4y
JazzFeathers @wanderinglynn Pleasure 😄 4y
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JazzFeathers
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Since l've finished two books between yesterday and today, and since today's read for #YearOfTolkien were only two pages, let's go back to Weimar.

#currentlyreading

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Researching Occultism and Spiritualism in WWI trenches for my Weimar Republic blog series.
Such a fascinating subject.

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JazzFeathers
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Working at my Weimar series for the April AtoZ Blogging Challenge

Jinjer That cup!!!!!!! 5y
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JazzFeathers
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Since l know that many of you enjoyed the Twenties, l thought l'd mention my ATOZ Challenge, in case someone would like to read it.
I'll be blogging all through April about the Weimar Republic, Germany in the 1920s.
Today is Theme Reveal day and you get to glimpse at what l'll be up to.

Hope you‘ll enjoy 😊
https://theoldshelter.com/atoz-challenge-theme-reveal-blogfest-day-2018-the-weim...

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JazzFeathers
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Looks like the perfect day to curl up and read, right?
Wrong. I'm at the station headed to a conference about the new ltalian translation of Tolkien's letters. And l can't wait!
#YearOfTolkien

I still have a moment to read a few pages of this history of the Weimar Republic. Loving it.

Redwritinghood That conference sounds fascinating. 5y
Cathythoughts Have s great time at the conference ✨✨✨ 5y
DivineDiana How wonderful! Enjoy! 5y
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Caroline2 Wowww 😮 how exciting!!! 5y
Dragon I love conferences! Enjoy! 5y
JazzFeathers @Redwritinghood @Cathythoughts @DivineDiana @Caroline2 @Dragon lt was a very nice conference. The traslator is one of the major Tolkien experts here in ltaly. It was a pleasure listening to him 5y
RaimeyGallant Great shot. 5y
Daisey That sounds fascinating! 5y
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I really need to get some reading done for the April AtoZ blogging challange.
I'll be blogging about the Weimar republic and l'm loving the research 😆

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#JuneBookBugs #JuneMostAnticipated

None of these books are new, but thanks to Litsy l have a renown wish to read them.
I love this community!

Only exception is Weimar Germany. I want to read it as research for my next story, which will be set in Weimar Berlin. I love that place. Can't wait to read about it