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Culture and inflation in Weimar Germany [electronic resource] /
Bernd Widdig.
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Berkeley : University of California Press, c2001.
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xvi, 277 p. : ill.
ISBN
0520222903 (alk. paper)
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Berkeley : University of California Press, c2001.
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0520222903 (alk. paper)
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8410981
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 251-272) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Bernd Widdig is Associate Professor of German Studies and Director of the MIT-Germany Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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"A landmark study. . . . Widdig's energetic account uses an interdisciplinary approach to reveal how economic anxieties were powerfully symptomatic of larger social and cultural issues."--Maria Tatar, author ofLustmord: Sexual Murder in Weimar Germany "Bernd Widdig displays sharp intelligence and uncommon wit in this brilliant study of culture and inflation. Following the explosions in politics and culture that the inflation detonated from the end of World War I to the rise of the Nazis, this book is a bold and original meditation on modernity and money and the trauma of oblivion. It is a masterful, illuminating analysis."--Peter Fritzsche, author ofReading Berlin 1900 "Widdig's account of the cultural impact of the German hyperinflation adds an important dimension to the history of interwar Germany. He brings a unique perspective to the interaction between popular culture and political and economic decisions in the twentieth century. This fascinating book raises intriguing questions for economic and political historians."--Peter Temin, author ofLessons from the Great Depression
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"A landmark study. . . . Widdig's energetic account uses an interdisciplinary approach to reveal how economic anxieties were powerfully symptomatic of larger social and cultural issues."--Maria Tatar, author of Lustmord: Sexual Murder in Weimar Germany "Bernd Widdig displays sharp intelligence and uncommon wit in this brilliant study of culture and inflation. Following the explosions in politics and culture that the inflation detonated from the end of World War I to the rise of the Nazis, this book is a bold and original meditation on modernity and money and the trauma of oblivion. It is a masterful, illuminating analysis."--Peter Fritzsche, author of Reading Berlin 1900 "Widdig's account of the cultural impact of the German hyperinflation adds an important dimension to the history of interwar Germany. He brings a unique perspective to the interaction between popular culture and political and economic decisions in the twentieth century. This fascinating book raises intriguing questions for economic and political historians."--Peter Temin, author of Lessons from the Great Depression
Summaries
Long Description
For many Germans the hyperinflation of 1922 to 1923 was one of the most decisive experiences of the twentieth century. In his original and authoritative study, Bernd Widdig investigates the effects of that inflation on German culture during the Weimar Republic. He argues that inflation, with its dynamics of massification, devaluation, and the rapid circulation of money, is an integral part of modern culture and intensifies and condenses the experience of modernity in a traumatic way.
Main Description
Widdig has written a fascinating account of the German hyperinflation between 1914-1923 and of the deep and lasting wounds this left not just on the Weimar body politic, but also on individuals.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. xi
List of Tablesp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introduction
Money Matters: Culture and Inflationp. 3
History and Experience
Flirting with Disaster: The German Inflation, 1914-1923p. 33
Daily Explosions: Canetti's Inflationp. 53
Money
Under the Sign of Zero: Money and Inflationp. 79
Figures
Uncanny Encounters: Dr. Mabuse, the Gamblerp. 113
Visions of Work: Hugo Stinnes and His Doublesp. 134
Accounts
Cultural Capital in Decline: Inflation and the Distress of Intellectualsp. 169
Witches Dancing: Gender and Inflationp. 196
Epilogue
Aftershocks: Inflation, National Socialism, and Beyondp. 223
Notesp. 235
Bibliographyp. 251
Indexp. 273
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