The British in Weimar

The image of the Weimar Republic in the English-speaking world (and the image of the English visiting Weimar Germany, for that matter) has long been dominated by Christopher Isherwood and his circle. In fact, Isherwood’s 1939 novel Goodbye to Berlin could be credited with creating the long-lasting picture of the Weimar Republic as a ‘dance on the volcano’ – a burst of progressive culture and sexual licentiousness before the backdrop of political chaos and economic crisis.

Colin Storer’s new study Britain and the Weimar Republic: The History of a Cultural Relationship injects some much-needed academic rigour into this legendary part of Anglo-German relations, challenging Isherwood’s hegemonic account of British life in Weimar Germany. (Thanks to Tara Windsor for pointing it out).

>>> review (in English)


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