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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Email required Address never made public. After Half a Century Alvin H. You are commenting using your Facebook account. This page was last edited on 28 Decemberat Also, it seems that everything has the seed of its own undoing nationalism was started as a liberal force, but its greed meeinecke power led to its abuse.

Again, you see a dichotomy emerge: His explanation for the success of National Socialism points to the ,atastrophe of Prussian militarism in Germany, the effects of rapid industrialisation and the weaknesses of the middle classes, though Meinecke also asserts that Hitlerism benefited from a series of unfortunate accidents, which had no connection with the earlier developments in German history.

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I assumed that a historian of all people in the immediate aftermath of the collapse of all times would have some morally meineckke intellectually probing thoughts on the matter. InMeinecke helped to found the Free University of Berlin. We generally believed indeed that this had already commenced and that it would progress further in the common experiences of the war, which was looked upon as a war of defense and self-protection.

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After World War IIas a representative of an older tradition, he criticized the Nazi regime, but continued to express anti-semitic prejudice. Free from romantic notions of national solidarity, Meinecke also addresses the fissures in German society that reasserted themselves several months after the war began.

Within a year the unity was shattered and the German people were again separated upon various hte.

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In order to explain himself, Meinecke explains that society needs to retain a careful balance between rationality and irrationality perhaps what he refers to in other places as civilization and culturerespectively. Notify me of new comments via email. In he worked as an archivist at the German State Archives. To the extent that he seeks out answers, he finds those answers in chance and historical contingency.

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Let me know what you think! In this case, individuals were simply citizens of the state. Subscribe to The Curious Wanderer! Viewed as a work of moral discovery, it is appalling.

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This situation, plus bad social conditions including but not limited to the decrees of the Versailles Treaty were necessary for the existence of Hitler.

Join other followers. His dualistic understanding of reality and the forces of history is oversimplified, I feel. Email required Address never made public. Viewed as a homily, it may have had the intended effect. Margaret MacMillan, Paris Search My Site Verman for: This site uses cookies.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Meinecke was born in Salzwedel in the Province of Saxony. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here In the book Meinecke germqn National Socialism as an “alien force occupying Germany”, [13] while at the same time expressing anti-semitic prejudice towards the Jews.

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By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. You are commenting using your Facebook 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 WordPress. Under the Third Reichhe had some sympathy for the regime, especially in regard to its early anti-semitic laws. One of Meinecke’s best-known books, Die Deutsche Katastrophe The German Catastrophe ofsees the historian attempting to reconcile his lifelong belief in authoritarian state power with the disastrous events of For the sculptor, see Friedrich Meinecke sculptor.

Another dreamed to construct a national socialism: