The German catastrophe: Reflections and recollections (Beacon paperback) [ Friedrich Meinecke] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. London: Allen and Unwin.) DIE DEUTSCHE KATASTROPHE: BETRACHTUNGEN UND. ERINNERUNGEN. By Friedrich Meinecke. ( Zurich: Aero-. Verlag. public officials today. The author tells us to follow the common good-but. “What is the common good?” is the real question perplexing the world, and on.

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Friedrich Meinecke

This militarism, which was a synthesis of intellect and raw power led to a tendency to be subservient, Meineicke argues Main menu Skip to content. Under the Weimar RepublicMeinecke was a Vernunftsrepublikaner republican by reasonsomeone who supported the republic as the least bad alternative.

Friedrich Meinecke October 20, — February 6, was a German historian, with national liberal and anti-semitic viewswho supported the Nazi invasion of Poland. Again, you see a dichotomy emerge: The exaltation of spirit experienced during the August days ofin spite of its ephemeral character, is one of the more precious, unforgettable memories of the highest sort.

Retrieved from kataxtrophe https: Meinecke was best known for his work on 18thth century German intellectual and cultural history. If Hindenburg had not named Hitler chancellor, the Nazi movement might have faded out on its own. You are commenting using your WordPress. To the extent that he geramn out answers, he finds those answers in chance and historical contingency. InMeinecke helped to found the Free University of Berlin. In the book Meinecke interprets National Socialism as an “alien force occupying Germany”, [13] while at the same time expressing anti-semitic prejudice towards the Jews.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. A state whose essence is organization will be indifferent, with the innermost distrust, toward the incalculable unfolding of life of the individual, from which alone German culture buds forth. Reflections and Recollections Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.


Though Meinecke remained in public a supporter of the Nazi regimein private he became increasingly bothered by what he regarded as the violence and crudeness of the Nazis. Meinecke was born in Salzwedel in the Province of Saxony.

Carr [16] cites him as an example of a historian whose views are heavily influenced by the Zeitgeist: After the Nazis invaded Poland in he praised this rfiedrich in a letter to Siegfred August Kaehler, stating: The Long Road West: Black Gay Men of the South Turtle! Viewed as a work of moral discovery, it is appalling. gwrman

Post was not sent – check your email addresses! He seems to be hoping to answer the questions: Another dreamed to construct a national socialism: As a nationalist historian Meinecke didn’t care very much gegman the desires of peoples in Eastern Europe, [4] and went as far as writing about “raw bestiality of the south Slavs”, [5] while favoring German expansionism into the East.

The German Catastrophe

Germxn first wave, socialism, sought to care for the needs of all members of society, to safeguard their standard of living. Friedrich Meinecke, The German Catastrophe: Within a year the unity was shattered and the German people were again separated upon various paths.

In he worked as an archivist at the German State Archives. Inhe helped to found the Free University of Berlin in West Meinec,eand remained an important figure to the end of his life. Notify me of new posts via email.

Militarism led to a loss of culture and produced narrow-mindedness, Meinecke goes to on say. The German people, he tells us, were fundamentally good, and he knew all along that meinec,e would emerge from the Hitler disaster. I picked this book up because Pflanze mentioned it in his biography of Bismarck. Was the uplift of August after all merely the last flickering of older evolutionary forces which were now coming to an end? You are commenting using your Twitter account.


In the future, the only place of power that Germany should find should be in some type of European Federation. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Margaret MacMillan, Paris AfterMeinecke fell into a kataatrophe of semi-disgrace, and was removed as editor of the Historische Zeitschrift. You are commenting using your WordPress. In this case, individuals were simply citizens of the state.

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And meinekce than that, one perceived in all camps that it was not a matter merely of the unity of a gain-seeking partnership, but that an inner renovation of our whole state and culture was needed. I assumed that a historian of all people in the immediate aftermath of the collapse of all times would have some morally and intellectually probing thoughts on the matter. Steve Reads Steve Reads.

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