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‘Humans Are Cheap And The Bread Is Dear.’ Republican Portrayals Of The War Experience In Weimar Germany

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The Weimar Republic was essentially defined by Germany’s war experience, positively as a reaction against further bloodshed and negatively as a refusal to admit the reality of defeat. This chapter discusses the depiction of particular themes, such as the relationship between front and home front, as well as a particular portrayal of front soldiers and officers, attempted to counteract prevalent right-wing propaganda. It examines the depiction of the war, assessing 196 articles from the republican press published between 1918 and 1921, in newspapers and journals ranging from Die Freiheit, organ of the Independent Socialists, to the liberal Frankfurter Zeitung, affiliated with the German Democratic Party. The chapter also examines how perceptions of the whole range of war experiences at the front, the rear and on the home front were portrayed in the postwar period.

Keywords: Germany’s war experience; Weimar Republic



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