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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You are commenting using your Facebook account. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here This situation, plus bad social conditions including but not limited to the decrees of katastropphe Versailles Treaty were necessary for the existence of Hitler. To the extent that he seeks out answers, he finds those answers in chance and historical contingency.

In he had been one of the founders of the German Democratic Party.

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Free from romantic notions of national solidarity, Meinecke also addresses the fissures kkatastrophe German society that reasserted themselves several months after the war began. Friedrich Meinecke, The German Catastrophe: In the future, the only place of power that Germany should find should be in some type of European Federation. You are commenting using your WordPress.


Email required Address never made public. Militarism led to a loss of culture and produced narrow-mindedness, Meinecke goes to on say.

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After Half a Century Alvin H. I assumed that a historian of all people in the immediate aftermath of the collapse of all times would have some morally and intellectually probing thoughts on the matter. All the rifts which had hitherto existed in the German people, both within the bourgeoisie and between the bourgeoisie and the working classes, were suddenly closed in the face of the common danger which snatched us out of the security of the material prosperity that we had been enjoying.

Let me know what you think! A professor at the University of Strasbourghe served as editor of the journal Historische Zeitschrift between andand was the chairman of the Historische Reichskommission from to This militarism, which was a synthesis of intellect and raw power led to a tendency to be subservient, Meineicke argues Learn how your comment data is processed.

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You are commenting using your Twitter account. 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.


Meinecke was best known for his work on 18thth century German intellectual and cultural history. Meinecke acknowledges that in order to combine nationalism and socialism, the firm power of the state is needed.

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The German Catastrophe

Nevertheless, he openly described friedirch as “antisemitic”, [10] and while he was willing to have Jewish friends and colleagues, the Nazi persecution of Jews never bothered him much. The first wave, socialism, sought to care for the needs of all members of society, to safeguard their standard of living. Another dreamed to construct a national socialism: InMeinecke helped to found the Free University of Berlin. Two forces are always struggling for primacy. Carr [16] cites him as an example of a historian whose views are heavily influenced by the Zeitgeist: Reflections and Recollections