Walther Rathenau: Weimar's Fallen Statesman

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Yale University Press, 24 янв. 2012 г. - Всего страниц: 256
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This deeply informed biography of Walther Rathenau (1867-1922) tells of a man who—both thoroughly German and unabashedly Jewish—rose to leadership in the German War-Ministry Department during the First World War, and later to the exalted position of foreign minister in the early days of the Weimar Republic. His achievement was unprecedented—no Jew in Germany had ever attained such high political rank. But Rathenau's success was marked by tragedy: within months he was assassinated by right-wing extremists seeking to destroy the newly formed Republic.

Drawing on Rathenau's papers and on a depth of knowledge of both modern German and German-Jewish history, Shulamit Volkov creates a finely drawn portrait of this complex man who struggled with his Jewish identity yet treasured his “otherness.” Volkov also places Rathenau in the dual context of Imperial and Weimar Germany and of Berlin's financial and intellectual elite. Above all, she illuminates the complex social and psychological milieu of German Jewry in the period before Hitler's rise to power.

 

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1 A German Jew in the Making
1
2 A Man of Many Talents
25
3 Incursions into Politics
54
4 Captain of Industry Literary Star Lonely Man
81
5 Hitting the Glass Ceiling
115
6 Politician Manqué Prophet with a Vengeance
146
7 Fulfillment and Catastrophe
173
Notes
211
Index
231
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Shulamit Volkov is professor emerita of modern European history, Tel Aviv University. Her most recent book is Germans, Jews, and Antisemites: Trials in Emancipation. She lives in Herzliya, Israel.

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