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Week 7: Doomed Experiment or Militant Democracy? Politics in the Weimar Republic

H. Wissmann. Werbeplakat der deutschen Freikorps, Berlin, 1919

Seminar Questions:

  • How revolutionary were the events of 1918-19 for Germany?
  • Why did the Republic survive its difficult early years?
  • How much continuity was there between the politics of Imperial Germany and the Weimar Republic?

Reading List:

Required Reading:

Primary Sources:


Further Reading:

The November Revolution and 'Years of Crisis':

Political Culture in the Weimar Republic:

On the Theory of 'Militant Democracy':