2021 Festival – Episode 1.
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In the annals of the Third Reich, little has been said about the role played by the German nobility in the Nazis’ rise to power. Nazis and Nobles now fills this gap, providing the first systematic investigation of the role played by the nobility in German political life between Germany’s defeat in the First World War in 1918 and the consolidation of Nazi power in the 1930s.
As Stephan Malinowski shows, the German nobility was too weak to prevent the German Revolution of 1918 but strong enough to take an active part in the struggle against the Weimar Republic. In this skilful portrait of an aristocratic world that was soon to disappear, Malinowski gives us for the first time the in-depth story of the German nobility’s social decline and political radicalization in the inter-war years.
Stephan Malinowski teaches Modern European History at the University of Edinburgh. Born and raised in Berlin, he is one of Germany’s leading experts on the history of the German nobility in the 20th century.
Robert Gerwarth is Professor of Modern History at UCD and Director of its Centre for War Studies.
This event was organised in collaboration with the Holocaust Education Trust Ireland.
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