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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Notify me of new posts via email. Also, it seems that everything has the seed of its own undoing katastrrophe was started as a liberal force, but its greed for power led to its abuse. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Notify me of new comments via email. Like the CW on Facebook! Subscribe to The Curious Wanderer!

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And more than that, one perceived in all camps that it was not a matter merely of the unity of a gain-seeking partnership, but that an inner renovation of our whole state and culture was needed. Book ReviewGerman History Tags: In this case, individuals were simply citizens of the state.

Again, you see a dichotomy emerge: Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: This dream failed to come to fruition.

InMeinecke helped to found the Free University of Berlin. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Notify me of new posts via email. Inhe helped to found the Free University of Berlin in West Berlinand remained an important figure to friedrichh end of his life.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. For more books on modern German history, see my full list of book reviews. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Harvard University Press, 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 Steve Reads Steve Reads. Learn how your comment data is processed. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Friedrich Meinecke. Park by Stanford M. When the First World War broke out, it seemed once more that a kind angel might lead the German people back to the right path.

Militarism katadtrophe to a loss of culture and produced narrow-mindedness, Meinecke goes to on say.

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This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Retrieved from ” https: The German people, he tells us, were fundamentally good, and he knew all along that they would emerge from the Hitler disaster. He meant to tell the German people that they were fundamentally good and that they would soon recover. AfterMeinecke fell into a state of semi-disgrace, and was removed as editor of the Historische Zeitschrift. Meinecke acknowledges that in order to combine nationalism and socialism, the firm power of the state is needed.

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. After the Nazis invaded Poland in he praised this event in a letter to Siegfred August Kaehler, stating: Friedrich Meinecke, The German Catastrophe: We underwent a rare disappointment in our hopes.

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In he had been one of the founders of the German Democratic Party. Post was not sent – check your email addresses!


His dualistic understanding of reality and the forces of history is oversimplified, I feel. Main menu Skip to content. I picked this book up because Pflanze mentioned it in his biography of Bismarck. katasttrophe

After World War IIas a representative of an older tradition, he criticized the Nazi regime, but continued to express anti-semitic prejudice. The first wave, socialism, sought to care for the needs of germa members of society, grrman safeguard their standard of living. 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 bestiality of the south Slavs”, [5] while favoring German expansionism into the East.

World War One was the turning point for the German peopleMeinecke insists. He was educated at the University of Katastrohpe and the University of Berlin. Free from romantic notions of national solidarity, Meinecke also addresses the fissures in German society that reasserted themselves several months after the war began. Though Meinecke remained in public a supporter of the Nazi regimein private he became increasingly bothered by what he regarded as the violence and crudeness of the Nazis.

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Katastrphe generally believed indeed that this had already commenced and that it would progress further in the common experiences of the war, which was looked upon as a war of defense and self-protection.

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