The German Catastrophe. By Friedrich Meinecke. Harvard University Press, . pp. $ Purchase. This little book, written in by the dean of. I picked this book up because Pflanze mentioned it in his biography of Bismarck. The question that anyone had to ask after World War II was. The German Catastrophe: Reflections and Recollections. Front Cover. Friedrich Meinecke. Harvard University Press, – Germany – pages.

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German Catastrophe: Reflections & Recollections

Harvard University Press, He seems to be hoping to answer the questions: To what extent was totalitarianism a peculiar German phenomenon rather than an aspect of general European development? The first wave, socialism, sought to care for the needs of all members of society, to safeguard their standard of living.

This dream failed to come to fruition. Another dreamed to construct a national socialism: Meinecke acknowledges that in order to combine nationalism and socialism, the firm power of the state is needed.

Friedrich Meinecke – Wikipedia

Two forces are always struggling for primacy. This militarism, which was meiinecke synthesis of intellect and raw power led to a tendency to be subservient, Meineicke argues Militarism led to a loss of culture and produced narrow-mindedness, Meinecke goes to on say. Again, you see a dichotomy emerge: World War One was the turning point for the German peopleMeinecke insists.


In this case, individuals were simply citizens of the state. This situation, plus bad social conditions including but not friexrich to the decrees of the Versailles Treaty were necessary for the existence of Hitler. 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.

In the future, the only place of power that Germany should find should be in some type of European Federation.

Friedrich Meinecke

His dualistic understanding of reality and the forces of history is oversimplified, I feel. Also, it seems that everything has the seed of its own undoing nationalism was started as a liberal force, but its greed for power led to its abuse.

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