Stresemann and the Politics of the Weimar Republic

Stresemann and the Politics of the Weimar Republic

Stresemann and the Politics of the Weimar Republic

Stresemann and the Politics of the Weimar Republic

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The opening of Stresemann's papers to research in 1953 has produced a flood of scholarly literature dealing with his career. For the most part, these recent studies have centered on his controversial six- year term of office as Germany's Foreign Minister. As a result, his role in domestic politics has been relegated to the background. This is unfortunate, for Stresemann was not only the foremost Foreign Minister of the Weimar Republic but also the founder and leader of an important political party, Chancellor during a crucial period of the republican era, and the most influential member of the cabinet during the Republic's years of stabilization. By focusing on the domestic side of his career, this book attempts to contribute both to the literature on Stresemann and to the political record of Germany's first Republic.

The research for this study, in Washington and in Germany, was made possible by grants from the Social Science Research Council and the Penfield Traveling Scholarship Fund. I am also indebted for assistance and cooperation to: the staff of the Foreign Affairs Branch of the National Archives; Dr. Wolfgang Mommsen and Dr. Hans Booms of the Bundesarchiv, Koblenz; Herr Jürgen Huch, formerly of the Bundesarchiv; the staff of the Politisches Archiv of the Auswärtiges Amt, Bonn; Dr. Gerhard Zwoch of the Bundeshaus-Bibliothek, Bonn; Dr. Thilo Vogelsang of the Institut für Zeitgeschichte, Munich; the staff of the Hauptarchiv, Berlin; Henry Bernhard; Rudolph Bernhard; Louis P. Lochner; Dr. Otto Most; Hans von Raumer; Dr. Harald Schinkel; Dr. Erich Heinz Schlottner; and Dr. Wolfgang Stresemann.

I am grateful to Professor Cyril E. Black for his suggestions and encouragement during the early phase of this work and . . .

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