Politics and Culture in the Weimar Republic in: Steve Ellis and Alan Farmer (eds.), The Quest for Political Stability: Germany 1871-1991, pp. 142-143.



The Modernized Gretchen
Transformations of the New Woman in the late Weimar Republic

in: German History, Volume 33 (2015), issue 1, pp. 52-79

Abstract: The ‘New Woman’ was an important part of the culture and society of Weimar Germany, both as a discursive figure and as social reality. However, the interdependencies between these two aspects – the ‘New Woman’ as a media phenomenon and as a lived reality – have not yet been investigated in depth. Read the rest of this entry »


Germany isn’t the big bad boss of Europe

The idea that the country has an iron grip over southern European economies is too often used as a convenient excuse for others not getting their house in order Read the rest of this entry »


“Die Zeitung der Zeit”
Die Tageszeitung Tempo und das Ende der Weimarer Republik

in: “Der ganze Verlag ist einfach eine Bonbonniere”. Ullstein in der ersten Hälfte des zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts, ed. by Ute Schneider and David Oels (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2014), pp. 137-159.

Abstract: Using the example of the daily newspaper Tempo, this article analyzes the politico-ideological role of the Ullstein publishing company during the last years of the Weimar Republic. Read the rest of this entry »


Federalism works in Germany but may not in Britain

A federal system needs a strong bond to hold individual elements together. Postwar Germany had that; it’s doubtful the UK does

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world cup

Germany – winning with no leaders

Germany has no interest in emulating its football triumph on the political stage. It realises that the world needs more teamwork

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Swantje SCHARENBERG: Die Konstruktion des öffentlichen Sports in der Tagespresse der Weimarer Republik, in: German History, vol 31 (2013), No 4, pp. 590-591.

Sport, from football to Bavarian finger-wrestling (Fingerhakeln), has a central place in German society: according to the German Olympic Sports Confederation, in 2010 roughly every third German was a member of a sports club. Read the rest of this entry »