Under the Sign of Zero

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:
Under the Sign of Zero

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This chapter investigates the ways the medium of money itself established a conceptual framework for the experience of the great German inflation. It examines how the hyperinflation damaged the basic functions of money and how the daily lives of people were affected by the increasing breakdown of the many functions of money. It suggests that the very image and sight of piles of paper money remain among the most striking features of the inflation of that time. It also discusses the role of money as an ideological vessel within the antimodernist discourse of the 1920s.

Keywords: money; inflation; Germany; hyperinflation; daily lives; antimodernist discourse

Chapter.  11775 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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