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1913: When Hitler, Trotsky, Tito, Freud and Stalin all lived in Vienna

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Map of central Vienna in 1913, showing homes and favourite haunts of key characters

Liberating modernism, degenerate art, or subversive reeducation? – The impact of jazz on European culture

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

Until then the label jazz (or jass) was used both as a positive and negative stereotype to mark a rhythmic revolution and as a shorthand for the larger threat of modernization or westernization through Americanization. But what triggered this excess of hostility or appreciation at these two crucial times and who were the agents and agencies in this story? And what explains the wide range of its impact which extended from vernacular dance to avant garde agendas?

Read this piece from  Berndt Ostendorf of the Amerika Institut, Munich

Video–Declassified: Joseph Stalin

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

From season 6 of History Channel’s Declassified series.

Not the most nuanced view of Stalin. In fact, kind of ham-handed. But here it is.

Rosa Luxemburg murder case reopened

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

German prosecutors are re-examining the 1919 murder of the communist leader Rosa Luxemburg, amid claims investigators at the time replaced her corpse with that of another woman.


A review of Reminiscences & Reflections: A Youth in Germany by Golo Mann.

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

In his new book, Reminiscences and Reflections, Mann gives an intimate account of Weimar that explores areas more unfamiliar to the modern reader than the well-worn stereotypes of urban glitter and decadence: Berlin figures less prominently than Munich, the town less than the countryside, and the avant-garde less than literary tradition and scholastic institutions.

DBQ: Instability of the Weimar Republic

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Here is the DBQ: Analyze the factors that contributed to the instability of the Weimar Republic in the period 1918–1933.



The Weimar Constitution: A Primer

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Check out this 4 page summary of the Weimar Constitution. A good place to start

Germany’s First Democratic Constitution (5 page reading)

Weimar Constitution excerpts – 4pages

Graphic: Flow Chart of Weimar Constitution

Lecture: Weimar Republic: The Constitution, Political Parties, and Early Threats to the Republic

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

Lecture Outline:

I. Background to Weimar: Born in Crisis
II. Structural-Functional Analysis of Weimar Constitution
III. Weimar Political Parties
IV. The Crises of 1923
–Occupation of the Ruhr
–Munich (Beer Hall) Putsch
V. Discussion & Conclusions


Lazar Lecture – Versailles Reparations: Challenging Conventional Wisdom

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

My lecture on Versailles Reparations , steeped largely in the work of Detlev Peukert

Four Short Documents Illustrating the Age of Anxiety

Monday, January 7th, 2013
  • Erich Maria Remarque: All Quiet on the Western Front, 1929
  • Paul Valéry: The European Mind, 1922
  • Russell Bertrand: On Modern Uncertainty, 20 July 1932
  • Oswald Spengler: The Decline of the West, 1922

Here are the 4 documents (2 pages total)