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Introduction

Peter M. R. Stirk

in Twentieth-Century German Political Thought

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780748622900
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652730 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622900.003.0001
Introduction

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Any attempt to survey German political thought in the twentieth century is bound to be influenced by awareness of the turbulence of German political history and especially by the shadow of the Third Reich, the crisis and collapse of the Weimar Republic that preceded it and the division of Germany that followed it for almost half a century. At the beginning of the twentieth century, German political theorists inhabited not only the recently formed German Reich to the north but also the multi-national Habsburg Empire to the south. Its collapse at the end of the First World War left behind a largely homogeneous German Austria that was subsequently incorporated into the Third Reich and then reestablished as an independent state at the end of the Second World War. Not surprisingly, this political discontinuity is reflected in many accounts of the development of German political thought.

Keywords: Third Reich; German Reich; Weimar Republic; Germany; political theorists; First World War; Second World War; German Austria

Chapter.  6497 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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