Culture and Inflation in Weimar Germany

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University of California Press, 21.3.2001 - 293 sivua
For many Germans the hyperinflation of 1922 to 1923 was one of the most decisive experiences of the twentieth century. In his original and authoritative study, Bernd Widdig investigates the effects of that inflation on German culture during the Weimar Republic. He argues that inflation, with its dynamics of massification, devaluation, and the rapid circulation of money, is an integral part of modern culture and intensifies and condenses the experience of modernity in a traumatic way.
 

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Culture and Inflation
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The Reichsbank has to print new money
5
FIGURES
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The Dance around the Golden Calf
9
The German Inflation
33
So many thousandmark notes for just one dollar?
38
Canettis Inflation 5 3
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Looted Germania
64
Hugo Stinnes
135
The visionaries
139
ACCOUNTS
140
Book cover of Gott Stinnes
153
The flood
164
Inflation and
169
Starving Germany
188
Gutenberg and the billionmark printing press
192

The impoverished middle class has to sell its cherished possessions
73
The book and The books
74
MONEY
79
Consequence of the bad exchange rate
87
Inflation money
93
Emergency money printed in Stadt Osterfeld
94
Banknotes as wastepaper
95
In the vault of the Reichsbank
96
Playing with money
97
Dr Mabuse the Gambler
113
Opening shot of Dr Mabuse the Gambler
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Dr Mabuse hypnotizing one of his victims
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Dr Mabuse having gone insane
122
Hugo Stinnes and His Doubles
134
Gender and Inflation
196
Paper money? Bread
198
Women standing in line in front of grocery stores
199
Gallant drawing from the time of inflation
202
Inflation
204
Witches Sabbath on the Bocksberg
206
Raffkes nightly entertainment
209
Inflation National Socialism and Beyond
223
Bank business
229
Notes
235
Bibliography
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Index
273
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Bernd Widdig is Associate Professor of German Studies and Director of the MIT-Germany Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of Männerbünde und Massen: Zur Krise männlicher Identität in der Literatur der Moderne(1992).

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