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Introduction

Bernhard Fulda

in Press and Politics in the Weimar Republic

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780199547784
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191720079 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547784.003.0001
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This introductory chapter underlines the importance and originality of the book as a contribution to our understanding of the fate of Weimar democracy. It reflects on the connection between media consumption and electoral behaviour, and challenges previously held assumptions about the role of the press in the political process. It provides a discussion of the difficulties of using newspapers as a historical source, and of the methodological problem of assessing something as complex as media effects. It summarizes key historical debates on the rise of Nazism, and places them in the context of media theory.

Keywords: media consumption; electoral behaviour; media effects; rise of National Socialism; media theory; Weimar democracy

Chapter.  6059 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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