Tag Archives: Cultural History

Weimarer Verhältnisse?

The FAZ and regional broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk have teamed up for an essays series on the topic of “Weimarer Verhältnisse?” (Weimar conditions): a group of distinguished historians of the era, including Andreas Wirsching, Ute Daniel and Hélène Miard-Delacroix, consider the reasons for Weimar’s collapse and its lessons for today, from democratic breakdown to economic policy.


New book on German Revolution

9783837627343_216x1000The new volume Germany 1916-23. A Revolution in Context, edited by Klaus Weinhauer, Anthony McElligott and Kirsten Heinsohn, puts the German Revolution “into a wider time frame (1916-23), and coheres around three interlinked propositions: (i) acknowledging that during its initial stage the German Revolution reflected an intense social and political challenge to state authority and its monopoly of physical violence, (ii) it was also replete with »Angst«-ridden wrangling over its longer-term meaning and direction, and (iii) was characterized by competing social movements that tried to cultivate citizenship in a new, unknown state.” Continue reading

Guest Post: Was there a backlash against Weimar’s sexual politics?

Laurie_MarhoeferLaurie Marhoefer, author of Sex and the Weimar Republic. German Homosexual Emancipation and the Rise of the Nazis, has written a guest post on Weimar’s sexual politics, addressing the interesting question if Weimar’s progressive culture actually undermined its democratic system:


Was There a Backlash against Weimar’s Sexual Politics?
Laurie Marhoefer

Scholars of Weimar are nearly in agreement that the politics of sexuality helped to bring down the Republic. I term this “the backlash thesis.” It holds that Weimar-era progressivism on issues like homosexuality, reproductive control, and female prostitution incited a backlash among conservatives, and that the Nazis capitalized on that backlash by portraying themselves as the party best suited to clean up the “swamp of immorality” in which Germany supposedly wallowed. Continue reading

Sex and the Weimar Republic

9781442619579In her new study Sex and the Weimar Republic. German Homosexual Emancipation and the Rise of the Nazis, Laurie Marhoefer shows that the famed sexual tolerance of the Weimar era was “only obtained at the expense of a minority who were deemed sexually disordered. In Weimar Germany, the citizen’s right to sexual freedom came with a duty to keep sexuality private, non-commercial, and respectable. Continue reading

The Language of Weimar Democracy

9783050065274kThe new collection of articles Demokratiegeschichte als Zäsurgeschichte is bringing together historians and linguists investigating ‘discourses of the early Weimar Republic’. They explore the historical break of 1918/19 as a linguistic transformation: terms like ‘democracy’ and ‘popular government’ (Volksherrschaft) enjoyed a sudden boost in popularity and all political factions fought intensely over their exact definition.

The Eintänzer: a Social Type of the Weimar Republic

gigoloThe ‘New Woman’ is well known as a female (role) model and character in Weimar culture. But what about embodiments of Weimar masculinity? The traditional German image of manliness had taken a serious hit by the nation’s defeat in the war, so it is obvious that masculinity was as contentious a field as womanhood. However, there is not much research out there yet about this issue. Continue reading

Information on Bauhaus students?

Topper Sherwood, a member of our network, is looking for information on the political activities of Bauhaus students:

Berlin researcher is looking for help/sharing on left-wing students and their organizations at the Bauhaus in Weimar, 1918-1924. Specifically: Bruno M. Adler, Franz Singer, Margit Tery (Adler), Friedl Dicker, Erwin Ratz, Stefan Wolpe, and others. Some of these were reportedly part the Sparticist movement,and/ or the KPD. For sharing/conversation, contact: toppersherwood[at]gmail.com.