Gustav Stresemann: Weimars Greatest Statesman

Paperback | September 16, 2004

byJonathan Wright

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Gustav Stresemann was the exceptional political figure of his time. His early death in 1929 has long been viewed as the beginning of the end for the Weimar Republic and the opening through which Hitler was able to come to power. His career was marked by many contradictions but also a pervadingloyalty to the values of liberalism and nationalism. This enabled him in time both to adjust to defeat and revolution and to recognize in the Republic the only basis on which Germans could unite, and in European cooperation the only way to avoid a new war. His attempt to build a stable Germany as anequal power in a stable Europe throws an important light on German history in a critical time. Hitler was the beneficiary of his failure but, so long as he was alive, Stresemann offered Germans a clear alternative to the Nazis. Jonathan Wright's fascinating new study is the first modern biography ofStresemann to appear in English or German.

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Gustav Stresemann was the exceptional political figure of his time. His early death in 1929 has long been viewed as the beginning of the end for the Weimar Republic and the opening through which Hitler was able to come to power. His career was marked by many contradictions but also a pervadingloyalty to the values of liberalism and nat...

Jonathan Wright is a Student and Tutor in Politics, Christ Church, Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:588 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.32 inPublished:September 16, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. 'The Child is father of the Man': 1878-19012. 'A hunger for power': Business and Politics, 1901-19143. 'For the greater, freer Germany of the future': War, 1914-19184. 'We are and reamin independent towards the Right and the Left': Accommodation and Opposition, October 1918-June 19205. 'The Latchkey to Power': Building a Coalition of the Centre, June 1920-December 19226. 'All but political suicide': Ruhr Occupation and Chancellor, 19237. 'A gleam of light on the otherwise dark horizon': The Dawes Plan and the Road to Locarno, 1924-19258. Locarno and the League, 1925-19269. Peaceful Revision in the Balance, 1927-192810. 1929: Stresemann or Hugenberg?11. ConclusionBibliographyIndex

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`If Gustav Stresemann, an enigmatic and controversial figure, had not died prematurely in 1929, Germany might just have avoided a Hitler dictatorship. Jonathan Wright's magisterial and authoritative study is to be warmly welcomed as an unrivalled biography of the most important Europeanstatesman of the 1920s.'Sir Ian Kershaw