historical Debates on Weimar

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  • the impact of the depression on Germany
    • socialists- focus on impact of unemployment- nicknamed bruning hunger chancellor
    • Marxist historians blame the capitalist structure and the wealthy elite
    • Traditional historians believe that the economic crash led to the middle class voting for extremists
    • Revisionist  historians believe its more complicated- religion and region played a part less likely to vote Nazi if you were catholic and lived in the city
    • Notable historians; Richard Geary (economic historian), Ian Kershaw - revisionist- reached balance over intentionalist/structuralist debate

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