Flirting with Disaster

Bernd Widdig

in Culture and Inflation in Weimar Germany

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2001 | ISBN: 9780520222908
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924703 | DOI:
Flirting with Disaster

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This chapter describes the general historical unfolding of inflation in Germany during the period from 1914 to 1923 through some telling statistics and poignant eyewitness accounts. It provides statistics on prices, exchange rates, industrial production, retail prices, household expenditures, and average wages. It suggests that traditional values such as frugality and saving money were demolished as the inflation unfolded and trust in the state was shattered.

Keywords: inflation; Germany; prices; exchange rates; industrial production; retail prices; household expenditures; average wages; values; frugality

Chapter.  7535 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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