The Fall of the German Republic: A Political Study

The Fall of the German Republic: A Political Study

The Fall of the German Republic: A Political Study

The Fall of the German Republic: A Political Study

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The following pages represent a twelve years' study of German politics, a study which, being progressive, gave me unique opportunities of seeing how often it was possible hopelessly to mistake the significance of events and how often a logically perfect case of political prophecy broke into pieces because men are not ruled by logic, not even by the logic of self-interest. Now that the fall of the German Republic is already an event of the remote past, it is possible to profit by mistakes and seek to relate the events which ended in that fall and to examine their causes, the more easily since the comparative rupture of continuity in 1933 serves, with the comparative rupture of continuity in 1918, to segregate a period and enables the student to survey as a whole what may be called the republican period.

What I have tried to write is a political study, that is to say, to narrate the political history of the German Republic, to explain the political causes of its collapse, the political faults of the system, the political errors that were made and, passing in the last instance slightly out of the purely political sphere, explain why they were made. In the discussion of the political problem I have had to allude to the general conflict of ideas and ideals in Republican Germany. In that conflict the intellectual life is a very definite arena and therefore it could not be neglected, but I have limited myself almost wholly to its political, which is not always its most important, aspect. It is in relating intellectual and spiritual movements to political events that one is most likely to go wrong in judgment, to mistake the trivial for the essential, the temporary for the permanent, and yet it is in that conflict that ultimately the full explanation of the fall of the Republic will be found. But it cannot be found yet. Here, despite the positive form of expression, I suggest rather than affirm, for the materials are still inadequate.

On the other hand, except to explain a particular tendency or event, I have neglected the economic side. I did so deliberately. In the first place, as a result of the increase in the number of pro-

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