The German Werkbund: The Politics of Reform in the Applied Arts by Joan CampbellThe German Werkbund: The Politics of Reform in the Applied Arts by Joan Campbell

The German Werkbund: The Politics of Reform in the Applied Arts

byJoan Campbell

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For years one of Germany's foremost cultural organizations, the Werkbund included in its membership such pioneers of the modern movement as Henry van de Velde, Hermann Muthesius, Walter Gropius, and Mies van der Rohe. Joan Campbell traces its history from its founding in 1907 to 1934, when it was absorbed into the bureaucracy of the National Socialist State.

The Werkbund set out to prove that organized effort could revitalize the applied arts and architecture. In addition to acting as an agent of reform, it provided a forum for the debate of such broad concerns as the need to restore joy and dignity to work in modem industry.

Originally published in 1978.

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Title:The German Werkbund: The Politics of Reform in the Applied ArtsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:376 pages, 9.25 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:March 8, 2015Publisher:Princeton University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0691611459

ISBN - 13:9780691611457

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Table of Contents


  • Frontmatter,pg. i
  • CONTENTS,pg. vii
  • LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS,pg. viii
  • ACKNOWLEDGMENTS,pg. xi
  • ABBREVIATIONS,pg. xiii
  • INTRODUCTION,pg. 1
  • I. The Founding of the Werkbund,pg. 9
  • II. The Evolution of the Werkbund to 1914,pg. 33
  • III. Cologne 1914,pg. 57
  • IV. The Werkbund in a Nation at War,pg. 82
  • V. Revolution and Renewal: 1918-1919,pg. 104
  • VI. Years of Trial: 1920-1923,pg. 141
  • VII. Alliance with the Future: 1924-1929,pg. 171
  • VIII. The Disintegration of the Weimar Werkbund: 1930-1932,pg. 206
  • IX. The Werkbund and National Socialism. Conclusion,pg. 243
  • CONCLUSION,pg. 288
  • APPENDICES,pg. 295
  • BIBLIOGRAPHY,pg. 297
  • INDEX,pg. 337