The ‘Unpolitical’ Press: Provincial Newspapers around Berlin, 1925–8

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:
 The ‘Unpolitical’ Press: Provincial Newspapers around Berlin, 1925–8

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How did the average German learn about politics? The decentral, fragmented nature of the German newspaper market meant that the great majority of contemporaries derived political information from a local paper. This chapter gives a broad sweep of controversial issues as portrayed in a sample of provinical newspapers around Berlin in the period 1925–8. It shows that even in self‐professed ‘unpolitical’ newspapers ideological news coverage was the norm. At the same time, this book demonstrates that overt press support for particular candidates or parties did not have a significant effect. Only where alternative sources of information, like a competing newspaper of a different political orientation, did not exist could the press excert a noticeable electoral impact. The chapter gives new evidence for the regionality of German politics, and helps to explain the tensions between countryside and metropolis.

Keywords: countryside; Paul von Hindenburg; expropriation of princes; referendum

Chapter.  10898 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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