Visions of Work

Hugo Stinnes His Doubles

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:
Visions of Work

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This chapter focuses on Hugo Stinnes, a German industrialist who became Europe's richest man during the time of inflation. It suggests that the one-dimensional portrait of Stinnes as a ruthless profiteer and power-hungry capitalist does not do justice to his figure. It analyzes several works that each illustrates the power of Stinnes as a cultural icon during the early 1920s. These are the novella Kobes, the film Metropolis, and the small novella Gott Stinnes: Ein Pamphlet gegen den vollkommenen Menschen.

Keywords: Hugo Stinnes; German industrialist; inflation; profiteer; capitalist; cultural icon; Kobes; Metropolis; Gott Stinnes

Chapter.  12388 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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