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The Resource Culture and inflation in Weimar Germany, Bernd Widdig

Culture and inflation in Weimar Germany, Bernd Widdig

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Culture and inflation in Weimar Germany
Title
Culture and inflation in Weimar Germany
Statement of responsibility
Bernd Widdig
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "For many Germans the hyperinflation of 1914-1923 was one of the most decisive experiences of the twentieth century. In his original and authoritative study, Bernd Widdig investigates the effects of that inflation on German culture during the Weimar Republic. He argues that inflation, with its dynamics of massification, devaluation, and the rapid circulation of money, is an integral part of modern culture and intensifies and condenses the experience of modernity in a traumatic way." "Looking at how inflation was articulated in the German cultural imagination, he finds that the shattering of important values and the feelings of betrayal left permanent scars embedded more deeply than inflation's measurable economic consequences. Among the themes Widdig explores are the importance of the number zero for understanding the inflationary dynamic; gambling and inflation; the impact of inflation on the rise of anti-Semitism; the significance of work as an alternative space in the inflationary chaos; the erosion of the status of writers, artists, and professors; and the different feminine codings within visual representations of inflation. The epilogue addresses the "afterlife" of German inflation: the ways it shaped National Socialist ideology and its continuing power in the collective memory of Germany's postwar society." "Widdig illuminates the effects of Germany's inflation by drawing on a wide range of canonical literature and films as well as generally unexplored cultural materials such as satirical illustrations, photographs, and pamphlets. Widdig's clear-headed ability to combine cultural analysis with popular social experience makes his book highly readable and a welcome addition to German studies, German cultural history, and discussions of modernity."--Jacket
  • "For many Germans the hyperinflation of 1914-1923 was one of the most decisive experiences of the twentieth century. In his original and authoritative study, Bernd Widdig investigates the effects of that inflation on German culture during the Weimar Republic. He argues that inflation, with its dynamics of massification, devaluation, and the rapid circulation of money, is an integral part of modern culture and intensifies and condenses the experience of modernity in a traumatic way." "Looking at how inflation was articulated in the German cultural imagination, he finds that the shattering of important values and the feelings of betrayal left permanent scars embedded more deeply than inflation's measurable economic consequences. Among the themes Widdig explores are the importance of the number zero for understanding the inflationary dynamic; gambling and inflation; the impact of inflation on the rise of anti-Semitism; the significance of work as an alternative space in the inflationary chaos; the erosion of the status of writers, artists, and professors; and the different feminine codings within visual representations of inflation. The epilogue addresses the "afterlife" of German inflation: the ways it shaped National Socialist ideology and its continuing power in the collective memory of Germany's postwar society." "Widdig illuminates the effects of Germany's inflation by drawing on a wide range of canonical literature and films as well as generally unexplored cultural materials such as satirical illustrations, photographs, and pamphlets. Widdig's clear-headed ability to combine cultural analysis with popular social experience makes his book highly readable and a welcome addition to German studies, German cultural history, and discussions of modernity."--BOOK JACKET
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Widdig, Bernd
Dewey number
332.4/1/094309042
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HG999
LC item number
.W418 2001
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Weimar and now
Series volume
26
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Inflation (Finance)
  • German literature
  • Money in literature
  • Antisemitism
  • Germany
  • Germany
  • Germany
  • Germany
Label
Culture and inflation in Weimar Germany, Bernd Widdig
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-272) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 3.
  • Daily Explosions: Canetti's Inflation
  • 53
  • Part II.
  • Money
  • 4.
  • Under the Sign of Zero: Money and Inflation
  • 79
  • 5.
  • Uncanny Encounters: Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler
  • 1.
  • 113
  • 6.
  • Visions of Work: Hugo Stinnes and His Doubles
  • 134
  • Part IV.
  • Accounts
  • 7.
  • Cultural Capital in Decline: Inflation and the Distress of Intellectuals
  • 169
  • 8.
  • Money Matters: Culture and Inflation
  • Witches Dancing: Gender and Inflation
  • 196
  • 9.
  • Aftershocks: Inflation, National Socialism, and Beyond
  • 223
  • 3
  • Part I.
  • History and Experience
  • 2.
  • Flirting with Disaster: The German Inflation, 1914-1923
  • 33
Control code
44869111
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvi, 277 pages
Isbn
9780520222908
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
00064772
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Culture and inflation in Weimar Germany, Bernd Widdig
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-272) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 3.
  • Daily Explosions: Canetti's Inflation
  • 53
  • Part II.
  • Money
  • 4.
  • Under the Sign of Zero: Money and Inflation
  • 79
  • 5.
  • Uncanny Encounters: Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler
  • 1.
  • 113
  • 6.
  • Visions of Work: Hugo Stinnes and His Doubles
  • 134
  • Part IV.
  • Accounts
  • 7.
  • Cultural Capital in Decline: Inflation and the Distress of Intellectuals
  • 169
  • 8.
  • Money Matters: Culture and Inflation
  • Witches Dancing: Gender and Inflation
  • 196
  • 9.
  • Aftershocks: Inflation, National Socialism, and Beyond
  • 223
  • 3
  • Part I.
  • History and Experience
  • 2.
  • Flirting with Disaster: The German Inflation, 1914-1923
  • 33
Control code
44869111
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvi, 277 pages
Isbn
9780520222908
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
00064772
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations

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