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The sanctity of rural life [electronic resource] : nobility, Protestantism, and Nazism in Weimar Prussia /
Shelley Baranowski.
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New York : Oxford University Press, 1995.
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x, 267 p. : maps
ISBN
0195068815 (Cloth)
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New York : Oxford University Press, 1995.
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0195068815 (Cloth)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
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Title from e-book title screen (viewed October 16, 2007).
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7372147
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 243-259) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1995-11:
In this well-crafted monograph Baranowski (Univ. of Akron) focuses on the rural society of Pomerania during the Weimar Republic in Germany to determine how and why the population in this Prussian province abandoned their traditional conservatism and turned to the more radical, even populist, National Socialist movement. She demonstrates that the Protestant church played a key role in propagating a myth of the stability, wholesomeness, and social harmony that extended across class lines, and this emphasis on the "sanctity" of rural life enabled Nazism to establish a foothold in the region. The Nazis did not protest against the domination of the Junker elites but rather attacked the urban bias of the Republic as jeopardizing the livelihood and culture of those who lived on the land, both large and small farmers. Thus, the antirepublicanism that united all rural classes encouraged people in Pomerania to turn to Nazism as the salvation of their way of life. The book is based on extensive research in archives in Germany, Poland, and in church collections in the US, and it also reflects familiarity with the latest scholarship on Weimar Germany. Upper-division undergraduates and above. R. V. Pierard; Indiana State University-Terre Haute
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"...A valuable contribution to German social history in the twentieth century."--American Historical Review
"...A valuable contribution to German social history in the twentiethcentury."--American Historical Review
"Baranowski's persuasive depiction of the Junkers' anti-Weimar mentality and machinations will prove indipensable to future research."--Central European History
"Baranowski's persuasive depiction of the Junkers' anti-Weimar mentalityand machinations will prove indipensable to future research."--Central EuropeanHistory
"This book is a major contribution to German social history."--HISTORY
"This book is a major contribution to German socialhistory."--HISTORY
"This exemplary study of politics and society in rural Pomerania on the eve of the Nazi takeover makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the complex and symbiotic relationship between traditional Prussian conservatism and National Socialism."--German Studies Review symbioticrelationship
"This exemplary study of politics and society in rural Pomerania on theeve of the Nazi takeover makes a significant contribution to our understandingof the complex and symbiotic relationship between traditional Prussianconservatism and National Socialism."--German Studies Review symbioticrelationship
"This exemplary study of politics and society in rural Pomerania on the eve of the Nazi takeover makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the complex and symbiotic relationship between traditional Prussian conservatism and National Socialism."--German Studies Review symbiotic relationship "Well-crafted....The book is based on extensive research in archives in Germany, Poland, and in church collections in the US, and it also reflects familiarity with the latest scholarship on Weimar Germany."--Choice "...A valuable contribution to German social history in the twentieth century."--American Historical Review "Baranowski's persuasive depiction of the Junkers' anti-Weimar mentality and machinations will prove indipensable to future research."--Central European History "This book is a major contribution to German social history."--HISTORY
"This exemplary study of politics and society in rural Pomerania on the eve of the Nazi takeover makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the complex and symbiotic relationship between traditional Prussian conservatism and National Socialism."-- German Studies Review symbiotic relationship "Well-crafted....The book is based on extensive research in archives in Germany, Poland, and in church collections in the US, and it also reflects familiarity with the latest scholarship on Weimar Germany."-- Choice "...A valuable contribution to German social history in the twentieth century."-- American Historical Review "Baranowski's persuasive depiction of the Junkers' anti-Weimar mentality and machinations will prove indipensable to future research."-- Central European History "This book is a major contribution to German social history."-- HISTORY
"This exemplary study of politics and society in rural Pomerania on the eve of the Nazi takeover makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the complex and symbiotic relationship between traditional Prussian conservatism and National Socialism."--German Studies Reviewsymbiotic relationship "Well-crafted....The book is based on extensive research in archives in Germany, Poland, and in church collections in the US, and it also reflects familiarity with the latest scholarship on Weimar Germany."--Choice "...A valuable contribution to German social history in the twentieth century."--American Historical Review "Baranowski's persuasive depiction of the Junkers' anti-Weimar mentality and machinations will prove indipensable to future research."--Central European History "This book is a major contribution to German social history."--HISTORY
"Well-crafted....The book is based on extensive research in archives in Germany, Poland, and in church collections in the US, and it also reflects familiarity with the latest scholarship on Weimar Germany."--Choice
"Well-crafted....The book is based on extensive research in archives inGermany, Poland, and in church collections in the US, and it also reflectsfamiliarity with the latest scholarship on Weimar Germany."--Choice
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Summaries
Long Description
In this ground-breaking study, Shelley Baranowski not only explores how and why church-going Protestants in eastern Prussia turned to Nazism in large numbers, but also shows that the rural elite and the church propagated a myth of the stability, the wholesomeness, and the class-harmony--in short, the "sanctity"--of rural life, a myth that was a key component of Nazi propaganda that helped secure support for the Third Reich in rural areas. Of great interest to historians and students of the period as well as anyone interested in how a fringe radical movement gained wide popular support.
Long Description
This is a study of rural social relationships in the eastern Prussian provinces during the Weimar Republic. Using the province of Pomerania as its primary example, Baranowski assesses the contributions of rural elites, particularly Junker landlords and Protestant clergymen, to the rise of National Socialism in a region where the rural electorate's attraction to the Hitler movement became crucial to the Nazi takeover in 1933.
Main Description
In this ground-breaking study, Shelley Baranowski not only explores how and why church-going Protestants in eastern Prussia turned to Nazism in large numbers, but also shows that the rural elite and the church propagated a myth of the stability, the wholesomeness, and the class-harmony--inshort, the "sanctity"--of rural life, a myth that was a key component of Nazi propaganda that helped secure support for the Third Reich in rural areas. Of great interest to historians and students of the period as well as anyone interested in how a fringe radical movement gained wide popularsupport.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 3
Foundations of Continuity: Pomeranian Agriculture and Landownership from the Reform Era to World War IIp. 17
Agriculture and Industrial Underdevelopmentp. 18
Noble Landownership and Marriage Patternsp. 27
Continuity Survives Revolution: Pomeranian Conservatism from the Reform Era to Stabilizationp. 35
A New Beginning?p. 39
Power and Obligation: Social Relations in the Estate Villages After the Revolutionp. 51
The Estate Community: From the Center to the Marginsp. 55
Born to Rule, Born to Servep. 68
The Politics of Proximity: The Referendum on Expropriationp. 78
Personal Authority and Modernity: The Compatibility of Oppositesp. 81
Social Constraints and Political Limitations: Pomerania's Evangelical Churchp. 83
Secularization Defied: Pomeranian Protestantism's Rural Rootsp. 85
The Sins of the Cities: Sectarianism and Moral Declinep. 102
Pomeranian Estate Owners, the Rural People Movement, and the Young Plan Referendump. 117
From Weakness to Disaster: Pomeranian Agriculture After Stabilizationp. 118
Political Pressures: The Dissolution of the Manorial Districts and the Left's Resurgencep. 126
Peasant Wars and Junker Initiativesp. 128
Fluid Boundaries: Pomeranian Conservatism and the Nazi Onslaughtp. 145
Radicalism and Respectability: The Spread of Nazi Influencep. 150
Succumbing to Right Radicalism: The Evangelical Church Relentsp. 171
Epilogue: Pyrrhic Victory: Pomeranian Conservatism in the Third Reichp. 177
Notesp. 187
Bibliographyp. 243
Indexp. 261
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