A new approach to Weimar?

In the new Oxford Handbook of Modern German History the Weimar Republic is not treated as a discrete era, but is incorporated into longer periods from the Kaiserreich to the Third Reich. This certainly helps to highlight continuities, but is this a step back to treating Weimar merely as a ‘transition period’ (Übergangszeit)?

The chapters in question are:

– J. Adam Tooze: The German National Economy in an Era of Crisis and War, 1917-1945
– Thomas Mergel: Democracy and Dictatorship
– Rebekka Habermas: Piety, Power and Powerlessness: Religion and Religious Groups in Germany, 1870-1945
– Steve Dowden and Meike G. Werner: The Place of German Modernism
– Pieter M. Judson: Nationalism in the Era of the Nation State, 1870-1945
Thomas Kuhne: Todesraum: War, Peace, and the Experience of Mass Death, 1914-1945
– William H. Hagen: The Three Horsemen of the Holocaust: Antisemitism, East European Empire, Aryan Folk Community
– Sebastian Conrad and Philipp Ther: The Uprooted: Expulsion, Exile, Flight, Forced Labor, Expulsion, 1880-1948

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