Colin Storer is Lecturer in History at the University of Nottingham. He holds a PhD from University of Nottingham and previously taught at the University of Warwick. He is the author of Britain and the Weimar Republic: The History of a Cultural Relationship (I.B.Tauris).

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April 2013

220 pages 

216 x 134 mm

A Short History of the Weimar Republic
Colin Storer

£10.99 | $15.95

It is impossible to understand the history of modern Europe without some knowledge of the Weimar Republic. The brief fourteen-year period of democracy between the Treaty of Versailles and the advent of the Third Reich was marked by unstable government, economic crisis and hyperinflation and the rise of extremist political movements. At the same time, however, a vibrant cultural scene flourished, which continues to influence the international art world through the aesthetics of Expressionism and the Bauhaus movement. In the fields of art, literature, theatre, cinema, music and architecture – not to mention science – Germany became a world leader during the 1920s, while her perilous political and economic position ensured that no US or European statesman could afford to ignore her. Incorporating original research and a synthesis of the existing historiography, this book provides a clear and concise introduction to the history of the first German Republic.

‘Colin Storer’s sympathetic new history of the Weimar Republic provides an up-to-date, balanced and reliable overview of the troubled years 1919-1933. Storer’s book is a perfect invitation to explore these highly ambivalent times.’
Daniel Siemens, University College London, author of The Making of a Nazi Hero: The Murder and Myth of Horst Wessel

‘Colin Storer accomplishes the almost impossible task of presenting the broader chronology of Weimar Germany with enough meaningful detail to make it a useful survey with intellectual depth, but without being lost in minutiae. This is a bravura performance.’ 
Richard Bodek, Professor of History, College of Charleston

‘A wonderfully readable and analytically superb introduction to the history of the Weimar Republic, which was, as Colin Storer demonstrates tremendously well, very different indeed from what historians have imagined it to be for the last half century.’ 
Thomas Weber, Reader in History, University of Aberdeen and Fritz Thyssen Fellow, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University