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Contested commemorations : republican war veterans and Weimar political culture /
by Benjamin Ziemann.
imprint
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
description
xi, 315 p.
ISBN
1107028892 (hardback : alk. paper), 9781107028890 (hardback : alk. paper)
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Book
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imprint
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
isbn
1107028892 (hardback : alk. paper)
9781107028890 (hardback : alk. paper)
contents note
"A short period of insight" : Symbolizing defeat as liberation, 1918-1923 -- Republican war memories : The Reichsbanner Black Red Gold -- The personal microcosm of Reichsbanner activism -- Public commemorations and republican politics -- In search of a national symbol, 1924-1933 -- Pacifist veterans and the politics of military history -- Mass media and the changing texture of war remembrance, 1928-1933.
Machine generated contents note: Introduction; 1. 'A short period of insight': symbolizing defeat as liberation, 1918-1923; 2. Republican war memories: the Reichsbanner Black Red Gold; 3. The personal microcosm of Reichsbanner activism; 4. Public commemorations and republican politics; 5. In search of a national symbol, 1924-1933; 6. Pacifist veterans and the politics of military history; 7. Mass media and the changing texture of war remembrance, 1928-1933; Conclusion; Bibliography.
abstract
"This innovative study of remembrance in Weimar Germany analyses how experiences and memories of the Great War were transformed along political lines after 1918. Examining the symbolism, language and performative power of public commemoration, Benjamin Ziemann reveals how individual recollections fed into the public narrative of the experience of war. Challenging conventional wisdom that nationalist narratives dominated commemoration, this book demonstrates that Social Democrat war veterans participated in the commemoration of the war at all levels: supporting the 'no more war' movement, mourning the fallen at war memorials and demanding a politics of international solidarity. It describes how the moderate Socialist Left related the legitimacy of the Republic to their experiences in the Imperial army and acknowledged the military defeat of 1918 as a moment of liberation. This is the first comprehensive analysis of war remembrances in post-war Germany and a radical reassessment of the democratic potential of the Weimar Republic"--
catalogue key
8806639
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 280-305) and index.
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'Benjamin Ziemann's book, filled with surprising new material, vigorous new characters and above all, strikingly new perspectives, will significantly alter several generations' understandings of what happened during Weimar … compellingly written, exhaustively researched and rigorously argued, [it] is a powerful contribution to the continuing effort to comprehend the multiple meanings of the Great War.' German History
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This innovative study of remembrance in Weimar Germany analyses how experiences and memories of the Great War were transformed along political lines after 1918. Examining the symbolism, language and performative power of public commemoration, Benjamin Ziemann reveals how individual recollections fed into the public narrative of the experience of war.
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This innovative study of remembrance in Weimar Germany analyses how experiences and memories of the Great War were transformed along political lines after 1918. Examining the symbolism, language and performative power of public commemoration, Benjamin Ziemann reveals how individual recollections fed into the public narrative of the experience of war. Challenging conventional wisdom that nationalist narratives dominated commemoration, this book demonstrates that Social Democrat war veterans participated in the commemoration of the war at all levels: supporting the 'no more war' movement, mourning the fallen at war memorials and demanding a politics of international solidarity. It describes how the moderate Socialist Left related the legitimacy of the Republic to their experiences in the Imperial army and acknowledged the military defeat of 1918 as a moment of liberation. This is the first comprehensive analysis of war remembrances in post-war Germany and a radical reassessment of the democratic potential of the Weimar Republic.
Table of Contents
Introduction
'A short period of insight': symbolizing defeat as liberation, 1918-1923
Republican war memories: the Reichsbanner Black Red Gold
The personal microcosm of Reichsbanner activism
Public commemorations and republican politics
In search of a national symbol, 1924-1933
Pacifist veterans and the politics of military history
Mass media and the changing texture of war remembrance, 1928-1933
Conclusion
Bibliography
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