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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After the Nazis invaded Poland in he praised this event in a letter to Siegfred August Kaehler, stating: This situation, plus bad social conditions including but not limited to the decrees of the Versailles Treaty were necessary for the existence of Hitler. In the future, the only place of power that Germany should find should be in some type of European Federation. If Hindenburg had not named Hitler chancellor, the Nazi movement might have faded out on its own.

Viewed as a homily, it may have had the intended effect. Harvard University Press, Views Read Edit View history. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. To what extent was totalitarianism a peculiar German phenomenon rather than an aspect of general European development?

Park by Stanford M. Under the Weimar RepublicMeinecke was a Vernunftsrepublikaner republican by reasonsomeone who supported the republic as katastdophe least bad alternative. Steve Reads Steve Reads. The German people, he tells us, were fundamentally good, and he knew all along that they would emerge from the Hitler disaster. 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.


Email required Address never made public. Carr [16] cites him as an example of a historian whose views are heavily influenced by the Zeitgeist: This dream failed to come to fruition. You are commenting using your WordPress.

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You are commenting using your WordPress. Margaret MacMillan, Paris Book ReviewGerman History Tags: Inhe helped to found the Free University of Berlin in West Berlinand remained an important figure to the end of his life.

Retrieved from ” https: 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. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! For the sculptor, see Friedrich Meinecke sculptor.

Friedrich Meinecke

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Meinecke was best known for his work on 18thth century German intellectual gsrman cultural history. After World War IIas a representative of an older tradition, he criticized the Nazi regime, but continued to express anti-semitic prejudice.

Meinecke was born in Salzwedel in the Province of Saxony.

Friedrich Meinecke, The German Catastrophe: 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. Subscribe to The Curious Wanderer!

In he worked as an archivist at the German State Archives. This page was last edited on 28 Decemberat From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. As a nationalist historian Meinecke didn’t care very much for the desires of peoples in Eastern Europe, [4] and went as far as writing about “raw fiedrich of the south Slavs”, [5] while favoring German expansionism into the East.


The Long Road West: To the extent that he seeks out answers, he finds those answers in chance and historical contingency.

The German Catastrophe] is nothing so much as a work of moral cowardice. In the book Meinecke interprets National Socialism as an “alien force occupying Germany”, tthe while at the same time expressing anti-semitic prejudice towards the Jews. This site uses cookies.

Notify me of new comments via email. Militarism led to a loss of culture and produced narrow-mindedness, Meinecke goes to on say. Another dreamed to construct a national socialism: Black Gay Men of the South Turtle! In this case, individuals were simply citizens of the state.

The German Catastrophe

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Under the Third Reichhe had some sympathy for the geerman, especially in regard to its early anti-semitic laws. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. His dualistic understanding of reality and the forces of history is oversimplified, I feel.

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