From Library Journal
This translation makes available to the English-speaking world an important historical work published in 1989 by a prominent German historian. The period from 1919 to 1933 was a time of great political, social, economic, and artistic upheaval in Germany. In this magisterial work, the author looks at the Weimar period from the viewpoint of political and economic history, providing a lucid yet detailed account of the complexities of this era without attempting to pull some of the strands out of their context in order to find the "roots" of the Nazi period that followed. By doing so, he both sheds new light on this interesting period and provides a convincing overall picture of Germany's road from parliamentary democracy to dictatorship during the interwar years. Because of its depth and detail, this book is not for casual readers, but it covers a complex subject with admirable clarity and is certain to become a classic. Libraries that own Detlev Peukert's The Weimar Republic: The Crisis of Classical Modernity (Hill & Wang, 1992) should definitely include this, as should all collections that emphasize European history.?Barbara L. Walden, Univ. of Minnesota Libs., Minneapolis
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Weimar myths die harder than most, but Mommsen's demolition of them is superb.
ournal of Modern History
[A] masterful history of the Weimar Republic.
[M]asterful in the author's clear and powerful analysis and in its display of profound learning.
Central European History
Covers a complex subject with admirable clarity and is certain to become a classic.
Mommsen's work is now required reading for any serious student of German political history in the Weimar era.