The Nation Accused

Deborah Cohen

in The War Come Home

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2001 | ISBN: 9780520220089
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520923522 | DOI:
The Nation Accused

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This chapter traces the origins and consequences of the Verstaatlichung, or state consolidation, of care for disabled veterans. It argues that veterans' demands on the state reflected more than the promises made in the Weimar constitution, the material facts of need, and Germany's tradition of welfare statism. The chapter begins by examining care for disabled veterans during the first years of war, considering especially the prominent role played by voluntarists. It then analyzes the state's consolidation of philanthropy. It also demonstrates that this Verstaatlichung held unintended consequences for the veterans' movement—and ultimately also for the Weimar Republic.

Keywords: disabled veterans; care; philanthropy; England; Weimar Republic

Chapter.  14578 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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