ARIADNE, the journal published by the Archive of the German Women’s Movement, is inviting contributions for a special issue on the “female history/ies of the Weimar Republic”. The editors aim to present the different female lifestyles and social realities and ask which role women played in the new state.
Proposals have to be submitted before 1 July 2017 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the current issue of Central European History, Jochen Hung reviews new literature on the history of the Weimar Republic, focusing on the often-used “plot” of Weimar’s cultural modernism juxtaposed with its democratic breakdown: “More than thirty years ago, Eberhard Kolb commented that the vast wealth of research on the history of the Weimar Republic made it “difficult even for a specialist to give a full account of the relevant literature.” Since then, the flood of studies on Weimar Germany has not waned, and by now it is hard even to keep track of all the review articles meant to cut a swath through this abundance. Yet the prevailing historical image of the era has remained surprisingly stable: most historians have accepted the master narrative of the Weimar Republic as the sharp juxtaposition of “bad” politics and “good” culture, epitomized in the often-used image of “a dance on the edge of a volcano.””
In the April issue of Historische Zeitschrift Christoph Thonfeld gives a sweeping overview over recent research on Weimar history, guided by the concepts of “crisis” and “modernity”.
Christoph Thonfeld, Krisenjahre revisited. Die Weimarer Republik und die Klassische Moderne in der gegenwärtigen Forschung
In the current edition of German Studies Review, published in February, Maria Makela argues that the contemporary popularization of scientific knowledge about gonads and their hormonal secretions was an inspiration for much visual and literary culture produced in Germany in the 1920s: Continue reading
In the March issue of German History, Jochen Hung writes about ‘Transformations of the “New Woman” in the late Weimar Republic‘, shedding light on ‘the struggle of many readers to accommodate new ideas about “modern” relationships between men and women at a time when traditional morals persisted in a rapidly deteriorating economic climate.’
In the reviews section, Willeke Sandler reviews the conference volume Weimar Colonialism: Discourses and Legacies of Post-Imperialism in Germany after 1918.
The June edition of German History features an article on ‘Jazz, Synaesthesia and the History of the Senses in the Weimar Republic‘. Michael J. Schmidt argues that jazz was not primarily a musical, but a visual and textual phenomenon in Germany during 1920s: ‘Most Germans did not have access to live performances of jazz or radio and gramophones. Instead, they encountered it in newspapers and visual culture.’ Continue reading
In the current issue of the Journal of Modern European History, Dominik Geppert, Harold James, Hans Kundnani, Jakob Tanner, Peer Vries and Andreas Wirsching are analyzing ‘The European Debt Crisis in Historical Perspectives’. Weimar hyperinflation and the Great Depression of course feature heavily in these articles.