Jones offers a detailed and comprehensive overview of the
development and decline of the German Democratic party and the
German People's party from 1918 to 1933. In tracing the impact of
World War I, the runaway inflation to the 1920s, and the Great
Depression of the 1930s upon Germany's middle-class electorate, the
study demonstrates why the forces of liberalism were ineffective in
preventing the rise of nazism and the establishment of the Third
Originally published in 1988.
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