Study on Weimar State Representation

Nadine Rossol’s study Performing the Nation in Interwar Germany. Sport, Spectacle and Political Symbolism, 1926-36 shows that Weimar’s political culture and especially its state representation in mass events and sports meetings wasn’t as weak as normally thought:

Performing the Nation in Interwar Germany challenges the notion that the Nazis invented the use of aesthetics for the staging of their mass events. Instead, the book argues that the period from the mid-1920s to the mid-1930s can be considered as a whole in regards to the development of political aesthetics and festive culture. “Nazi aesthetics” were less quintessentially “Nazi” but expressed the Zeitgeist of the 1920s and 1930s.’

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