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Weimar Studies Network has moved!

The Weimar Studies Network has moved to the Hypotheses domain and can be reached at


Trump, Clinton, and Weimar Germany

2-format43Comparisons with Hitler’s rise in the Weimar Republic have been ubiquitous during the recent nomination of Donald Trump as the Republican candidate in the 2016 presidential election (see, for example, Eric Weitz‘s piece for TabletJeffrey Herf has offered the best analysis of these historical comparisons).
Recently, Jill Stein, the US Green Party’s presumptive nominee, made a different sort of link to Weimar times: she suggested that it was known “for a long time ever since Nazi Germany” that putting someone like Clinton in the White House would only “fan the flames of this right-wing extremism” embodied by Trump. Continue reading

Digital Tools for Historians

There are some online tools that can help the historian with analyzing large bodies of text:

– The Voyant website is a very simple tool, where the user uploads texts or pastes them right into a textbox. It is also possible to use URLs (of online journals, for example). The program will count the frequency of unique words in the text and also supply a visual representation in the form of a tag cloud.

– The Google Ngram Viewer is a very powerful, if somewhat crude, program that trawls through Google’s vast digital library (20 million books and counting), spitting out a graph charting the popularity of user-defined words through the ages (1800 – 2008).

There are also various podcasts and online workshops on digital tools for historians on the Institute of Historical Research‘s History SPOT website.

Simplicissimus and Jugend online

The satirical magazine Simpicissimus (1896-1945) and the cultural magazine Jugend (1896-1940) have been digitalized by a DFG-funded research group including the Literaturarchiv Marbach and the Klassik Stiftung Weimar.

Leo Baeck Institute Archive Online

Many original sources held at the Leo Baeck Institute are available online at the Internet Archive. Besides the private papers of eminent Weimar scholars and artists like Albert Einstein, Emil Ludwig, Joseph Roth, Ludwig Feuchtwanger, Thomas Mann and Alfred Schirokauer, the Leo Baeck archive also holds gems like a collection of Berlin theatre programs from 1913-1933 and the files of the intellectual magazine Der Neue Merkur.

Journal Review: ZfG 3/2011

The Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaft‘s current issue focuses on German sports pioneer Carl Diem (1882-1962). In the 1920s, Diem initiated the Reichsjugendwettkämpfe and co-founded the Deutsche Hochschule für Leibesübungen in Berlin. Contributions include:

Wolfgang Benz: Der Streit um Carl Diem

Michael Krüger: Zur Debatte um Carl Diem

Frank Becker: Carl Diem und der Nationalsozialismus

Journal Review: Historische Zeitschrift 2/2011

The March issue of the Historische Zeitschrift features two interesting reviews of:

Hans-Peter Becht/Carsten Kretschmann/Wolfram Pyta (eds.): Politik, Kommunikation und Kultur in der Weimarer Republik


Andreas Wirsching (ed.): Das Jahr 1933. Die nationalsozialistische Machteroberung und die deutsche Gesellschaft