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Week 8: Modernity and its Discontents: Society and Culture in the Weimar Republic

Berlin by night, July 1932

Seminar Questions:

  • To what extent were the mid-late 1920s 'Golden' for Germany?
  • What fears and anxieties haunted Germany in the mid-1920s?
  • In what ways does the boom of arts and architecture add to our understanding of Weimar Germany?

Reading List:

Required Reading:

Primary Sources:


Further Reading:

General Accounts of Weimar Culture:

  • Peter Gay, Weimar Culture: The Outsider as Insider (Norton, 2001)
  • Walter Laqueur, Weimar: A Cultural History, 1918-1933 (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1974)
  • Thomas W. Kniesche, Stephen Brockmann (eds.), Dancing on the volcano: essays on the culture of the Weimar Republic (Camden House, 1994)
  • John A. Williams (ed.), Weimar Culture Revisited (Palgrave, 2011)
  • Seigfried Kracauer, From Caligari to Hitler: a psychological history of the German film (Princeton, 2004)
  • Detlev Peukert, The Weimar Republic: The Crisis of Classical Modernity (Richard Deveson, trans.) (Penguin, 1993), Chapters 8 and 9
  • Elizabeth Harvey, 'Culture and Society in Weimar Germany: The Impact of Modernism and Mass Culture' in Mary Fulbrook (ed.), German History since 1800 (Arnold, 1997)
  • Anthony McElligott (ed.), Rethinking the Weimar Republic (Bloomsbury, 2014), Chapter 6

The Economy and Social Class:

Gender:

Sexuality:

Crime and Punishment:

  • Eva Bischoff & Daniel Siemens, 'Class, Youth, and Sexuality in the Construction of Lustmorder: The 1928 Murder Trial of Karl Hussmann' in Richard F. Wetzell (ed.), Crime and criminal justice in modern Germany (Berghahn, 2014), pp. 207-225
  • Sace Elder, Murder Scenes: Normality, Deviance, and Criminal Violence in Weimar Berlin (University of Michigan Press, 2010)
  • _________, 'Prostitutes, Respectable Women, and Women from "Outside": The Carl Grossmann Sexual Murder Case in Postwar Berlin' in Richard F. Wetzell (ed.), Crime and criminal justice in modern Germany (Berghahn, 2014), pp. 185-206
  • Christian Goeschel, 'The Criminal Underworld in Weimar and Nazi Berlin', History Workshop Journal, Vol. 75, Spring (2013), pp. 58-80
  • Sara Hall, 'Nurturing the New Republic: The Contested Feminizationof Law Enforcement in Weimar Culture' in Klaus Mladek (ed.), Police Forces: A Cultural History of an Institution (Palgrave, 2007), pp. 77-96
  • Arthur Hartmann & Klaus von Lampe, 'The German underworld and the Ringvereine from the 1890s through the 1950s', Global Crime, Vol. 9, Nos. 1-2 (2008), pp. 108-135

  • Todd Herzog, 'A City Tracks a Murderer: Mass Murder and Mass Publicin Weimar German' in Klaus Mladek (ed.), Police Forces: A Cultural History of an Institution (Palgrave, 2007), pp. 97-122
  • __________, Crime Stories: Criminalistic Fantasy and the Culture of Crisis in Weimar Germany (Beghahn, 2009)
  • Hsi-huey Liang, The Berlin police force in the Weimar Republic (University of California Press, 1970)
  • Anthony McElligott, Rethinking the Weimar Republic (Bloomsbury, 2014), Chapter 5
  • Maria Tartar, Lustmord: Sexual Murder in Weimar Germany (Princeton, 1995)
  • Nikolaus Wachsmann, 'Between Reform and Repression: Imprisonment in Weimar Germany' in Richard F. Wetzell (ed.), Crime and criminal justice in modern Germany (Berghahn, 2014), pp. 115-136
  • Heather Wolffram, 'Crime, Clairvoyance and the Weimar Police', Journal of Contemporary History, Vol. 44, No. 4 (2009), pp. 581-601

Sport and Physical Culture:

Cinema, Boardcasting and Mass Culture:

Literature, Art and Architecture and the Avant-Garde: