The German catastrophe: Reflections and recollections (Beacon paperback) [ Friedrich Meinecke] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. London: Allen and Unwin.) DIE DEUTSCHE KATASTROPHE: BETRACHTUNGEN UND. ERINNERUNGEN. By Friedrich Meinecke. ( Zurich: Aero-. Verlag. public officials today. The author tells us to follow the common good-but. “What is the common good?” is the real question perplexing the world, and on.

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Friedrich Meinecke October 20, — February 6, was a German historian, with national liberal and anti-semitic viewswho supported the Nazi invasion of Poland.

Friedrich Meinecke – Wikipedia

Carr [16] cites him as an example of a historian whose views are heavily influenced by the Zeitgeist: You are commenting using your WordPress.

A professor at the University of Strasbourghe served as editor of the journal Historische Zeitschrift between andand was the chairman of the Historische Reichskommission from to Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Free from romantic notions of national solidarity, Meinecke also addresses the fissures in German society that reasserted themselves several months after the war began. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Friedrich Meinecke.

All the rifts which had hitherto existed in the German people, both within the bourgeoisie and between the bourgeoisie and the working classes, were suddenly closed in the face of the common danger which snatched us out of the security of the material prosperity that we had been enjoying. I picked this book up because Pflanze mentioned it in his biography of Bismarck.


Meinecke was best known for his work on 18thth century German intellectual and cultural history. Main menu Skip to content. You are commenting using your Twitter account. The Long Road West: You are commenting using your WordPress. He seems to be hoping to answer the questions: He meant to tell the German people that they were fundamentally good and that they would soon recover.

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Email required Address never made public. Though Meinecke remained in public a supporter of the Nazi regimein private he became increasingly bothered by what he regarded as the violence and crudeness of the Nazis. We underwent a rare disappointment in our hopes. Viewed as a homily, it may have had the intended effect. Harvard University Press, Park by Stanford M. As a nationalist historian Meinecke didn’t care very much for the desires of peoples in Eastern Europe, [4] and went as far as writing about “raw bestiality of the south Slavs”, [5] while favoring German expansionism into the East.

The German Catastrophe

World War One was the turning point for the German peopleMeinecke insists. Viewed as a work of moral discovery, it is appalling.

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Views Read Edit View history. Within a year the unity was shattered and the German people were again separated upon various paths. Let me know what you think! By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

He was educated at the University of Bonn and the University of Berlin. For the sculptor, see Friedrich Meinecke sculptor.

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In other projects Wikimedia Commons. The first wave, socialism, sought to care for the needs of all members of society, to safeguard their standard of living.

Steve Reads Steve Reads. In this case, individuals were simply citizens of the state. One of Meinecke’s best-known books, Die Deutsche Katastrophe The German Catastrophe ofsees the historian attempting to reconcile his lifelong belief in authoritarian state power with the disastrous events of A state whose essence is organization will be indifferent, with the innermost distrust, toward the incalculable unfolding of life of the individual, from which alone German culture buds forth.