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Germany, The Next Republic?   By: (1890-1970)

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In Germany, The Next Republic?, Carl W. Ackerman offers a fascinating analysis of post-World War I Germany and its subsequent political and social upheavals. The author's meticulous research takes readers on a gripping journey through the tumultuous years leading up to the birth of the Weimar Republic.

Ackerman's writing paints a vivid picture of a nation grappling with the consequences of war defeat, economic downfall, and political instability. The book expertly captures the mood of the era, delving into the disillusionment and despair that permeated German society.

One of the book's strengths lies in its detailed examination of the various factions and movements vying for power during this critical period. Ackerman skillfully navigates the complex web of political divisions, providing readers with a thorough understanding of the ideological struggles and power dynamics at play. His narrative weaves together the key players, including socialists, nationalists, and emerging right-wing extremists, presenting a well-rounded perspective on Germany's political landscape.

Furthermore, the author's analysis extends beyond politics, shedding light on the economic challenges faced by the Weimar Republic. The book explores the rampant hyperinflation and the profound social dislocation resulting from the drastic economic downturn. Ackerman's thorough exploration of these intertwined issues allows readers to grasp the complex interplay between economic factors and political ideologies during this transformative period.

While Germany, The Next Republic? offers a comprehensive analysis, some readers may find the book's style slightly dense and academic. The author's attention to historical detail occasionally slows down the pace of the narrative, making it a more challenging read for those seeking a more accessible overview of the subject matter.

Nonetheless, Carl W. Ackerman's meticulous research and dedication to presenting a nuanced account of this critical juncture in German history shines through. The book successfully offers readers a comprehensive and insightful exploration of the factors that ultimately led to the establishment of the Weimar Republic and sets the stage for the tumultuous years that followed.

Overall, Germany, The Next Republic? is a valuable resource for anyone interested in understanding the complexities of post-World War I Germany. Ackerman's in-depth analysis offers a captivating account of the political, social, and economic forces that shaped this formative period in German history.

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New York George H. Doran Company


The title "GERMANY, THE NEXT REPUBLIC?" is chosen because the author believes this must be the goal, the battlecry, of the United States and her Allies. As long as the Kaiser, his generals and the present leaders are in control of Germany's destinies the world will encounter the same terrorism that it has had to bear during the war. Permanent peace will follow the establishment of a Republic. But the German people will not overthrow the present government until the leaders are defeated and discredited. Today the Reichstag Constitutional committee, headed by Herr Scheidemann, is preparing reforms in the organic law but so far all proposals are mere makeshifts. The world cannot afford to consider peace with Germany until the people rule. The sooner the United States and her Allies tell this to the German people officially the sooner we shall have peace.

[Frontispiece: A document circulated by "The League of Truth"]


I was at the White House on the 29th of June, 1914, when the newspapers reported the assassination of the Archduke and Archduchess of Austria. In August, when the first declarations of war were received, I was assigned by the United Press Associations to "cover" the belligerent embassies and I met daily the British, French, Belgian, Italian, German, Austro Hungarian, Turkish and Japanese diplomats... Continue reading book >>

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