Press and Politics in the Weimar Republic

Hardcover | August 1, 2009

byBernhard Fulda

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Press and Politics offers a new interpretation of the fate of Germany's first democracy and the advent of Hitler's Third Reich. It is the first study to explore the role of the press in the politics of the Weimar Republic, and to ask how influential it really was in undermining democraticvalues. Anyone who seeks to understand the relationship between the press and politics in Germany at this time has to confront a central problem. Newspapers certainly told their readers how to vote, especially at election time. It was widely accepted that the press wielded immense political power. And yetpower ultimately fell to Adolf Hitler, a radical politician whose party press had been strikingly unsuccessful. Press and Politics unravels this apparent paradox by focusing on Berlin, the political centre of the Weimar Republic and the capital of the German press. The book examines the complex relationship between media presentation, popular reception, and political attitudes in this period. What was therelationship between newspaper circulation and electoral behaviour? Which papers did well, and why? What was the nature of political coverage in the press? Who was most influenced by it? Bernhard Fulda addresses all these questions and more, looking at the nature and impact of newspaper reporting onGerman politics, politicians, and voters. He shows how the press personalized politics, how politicians were turned into celebrities or hate figures, and how - through deliberate distortions - individual newspapers succeeded in building up a plausible, partisan counter-reality.

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Press and Politics offers a new interpretation of the fate of Germany's first democracy and the advent of Hitler's Third Reich. It is the first study to explore the role of the press in the politics of the Weimar Republic, and to ask how influential it really was in undermining democraticvalues. Anyone who seeks to understand the relat...

Bernhard Fulda is a Lecturer and Fellow in History at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:August 1, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199547785

ISBN - 13:9780199547784

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Berlin Press, 1918 to 19322. Media Personalities, 1918 to 19243. Competing Stories, 1924-19254. The 'Unpolitical' Press: Provincial Newspapers Around Berlin, 1925 to 19285. Conquering Headlines: Violence, Sensations, and the Rise of the Nazis, 1928 to 19306. War of Words: the Spectre of Civil War, 1931 to 19327. ConclusionNotesBibliographyIndex

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`Review from previous edition This is a highly original study that fills a gaping hole in the literature on Weimar Germany. Focusing on Berlin, but always with an eye to the 'national' picture, Fulda's work offers not so much a history of the press in the Weimar years as a history of theRepublic through the lens of the press. The links he forges between political coverage, entertainment and the increasing consumer orientation of publishers and readers alike show how much we can gain by approaching politics as an integral part of popular culture, and vice-versa. 'Corey Ross, University of Birmingham