The Problem of National Solidarity in Interwar Germany

Föllmer, Moritz
May 2005
German History;May2005, Vol. 23 Issue 2, p202
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the problem of national solidarity in interwar Germany. Many historians see german nationalism as a crucial factor in the rise and establishment of National Socialism. The article focuses on German nationalism between 1918 and 1939, which was not only hugely influential, but also marked by internal tensions and conflicts. There is certainly plentiful evidence that the call for a Volksgemeinschaft or national community, generated a considerable degree of unity and cohesion--especially among the Protestant middle classes, who were motivated by it in their increasingly confident and aggressive confrontation with the labour movement from the mid-1920s onwards and who prepared the ground for National Socialism.


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