Posts tagged: germany

  • Shades of Grey

    Shades of Grey

    The release of two recent books on the history of East Germany has reignited debates on the meaning of historical memory in Central Europe. Here, Lizzy Kinch asks what the controversy means about Germany's past and its political future.
  • Capital and Culture: Musil's Politics

    Capital and Culture: Musil's Politics

    Robert Musil was one of the great novelists of twentieth-century Europe. A recently translated collection of his essays, Literature and Politics, Drew Dickerson argues, can help us see more clearly the historical and political context of his masterpiece, The Man without Qualities.

  • "Get up, Arthur, today is revolution!!"

    "Get up, Arthur, today is revolution!!"

    It is often overlooked that the insurrectionary demonstrations in Germany's November 1918 Revolution were largely made up of women who worked in the munitions factories or the home (and often both). Cläre Casper-Derfert was a factory worker and the only woman of the Revolutionary Stewards. This is her account of the November Revolution.

  • Wolfgang Fernbach and the “Spartacus uprising”

    Wolfgang Fernbach and the “Spartacus uprising”

    This January is the centenary of the Spartacus Uprising in Germany. The most famous victims of the wave of repression that followed were Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, but one of the first victims of the counter-revolutionary violence was Wolfgang Fernbach. In this article, his grandson David Fernbach discusses his life and legacy.

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    For the Many, Not the Few

    The German Left needs a new road out of the false alternatives of renationalization and humanitarian cosmopolitanism.

  • Aristide Briand addresses the League of Nations Assembly in Geneva, September 1931. via Wikimedia Commons.

    More Than One Idea

    A 2016 book reveals pro-European intellectuals of the 1930s who greeted Nazi invasion as a historic opportunity for their project.