Media and the Making of Modern Germany: Mass Communications, Society, and Politics from the Empire…

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byCorey Ross

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Few developments in the industrial era have had a greater impact on everyday social life than the explosion of the mass media and commercial entertainments, and none have exerted a more profound influence on the nature of modern politics. Nowhere in Europe were the tensions and controversiessurrounding the rise of mass culture more politically charged than in Germany-debates that played fatefully into the hands of the radical right. Corey Ross provides the first general account of the expansion of the mass media in Germany up to the Second World War, examining how the rise of film,radio, recorded music, popular press, and advertising fitted into the wider development of social, political, and cultural life. Spanning the period from the late nineteenth century to the Third Reich, Media and the Making of Modern Germany shows how the social impact and meaning of 'mass culture' were by no means straightforward or homogenizing, but rather changed under different political and economic circumstances. Bylocating the rapid expansion of communications media and commercial entertainments firmly within their broader social and political context, Ross sheds new light on the relationship between mass media, social change, and political culture during this tumultuous period in German history.

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Few developments in the industrial era have had a greater impact on everyday social life than the explosion of the mass media and commercial entertainments, and none have exerted a more profound influence on the nature of modern politics. Nowhere in Europe were the tensions and controversiessurrounding the rise of mass culture more pol...

Dr. Corey Ross is Reader in Modern History at the University of Birmingham, UK.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:May 6, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199583862

ISBN - 13:9780199583867

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Table of Contents

Part 1. IntroductionIntroduction1. The Rise of the Mass Media: Modern Communications and Cultural Traditions in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth CenturiesPart 2. Taming Mass Culture: Strategies of Control and Reform2. Reasserting Control: The Regulation of Mass Culture3. Attempting Reform: Legitimation, Education and Uplifting TastesPart 3. Mass Culture, Divided Audiences: Media, Entertainment and Social Change in the Weimar Republic4. Technology and Purchasing Power: Media Availability and Audiences5. Meeting Demand: Consumer Preferences and Social Difference6. Media Publics between Fragmentation and IntegrationPart 4. Mass Media and Mass Politics from the Empire to the Weimar Republic7. Propaganda and the Modern Public8. Republicans, Radicals and the Battle of ImagesMass Culture in the Third Reich: Propaganda, Entertainment and National Mobilization9. Political Control and Commercial Concentration under the Nazis10. Entertaining the National Community11. The Media and the Second World War: From Integration to DisintegrationConclusion

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"a tour de force...the most thorough and sophisticated historical discussion of German media before 1945." --Dr Jonathan Wiesen, University of Illinois