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1.   Felix Gilbert on Berlin as the Cultural Capital (Retrospective Account, 1988)
Berlin was cultural capital of the Weimar Republic as well as the political one. Berlin’s theatrical landscape made that more than clear: in 1927, the city’s 49 theaters offered a total of 47,000....
2.   Stefan George, "The War" (1917)
Many of the poems included in The New Empire [Das neue Reich] were originally published between 1914 and 1919 in Blätter für die Kunst, the literary magazine founded by Stefan....
3.   Rainer Maria Rilke, Letter to Clara Westhoff Rilke (November 7, 1918)
Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) wrote very little poetry during the war years. His fragile psyche was traumatized by three weeks in a military training camp and two years in the War Records Office,....
4.   Arnold Zweig on Art and Politics (1921)
In this excerpt, German-Jewish writer Arnold Zweig (1887-1968) describes the stimulating effect that political upheaval, change, and even violence could have on the creative mind. Zweig, whose wartime....
5.   Oswald Spengler on the Counterrevolution (1922)
Oswald Spengler (1880-1936) was an idiosyncratic conservative and one of the leading opponents of the....
6.   Alice Gerstel, "Jazz Band" (1922)
War and revolution and modernization in general left many Germans with a sense of disorientation and alienation. Many critics on the Right spoke of a “crisis of civilization,” as in the very popular....
7.   Edlef Köppen, "The Magazine as a Sign of the Times" (1925)
In October 1924, Ullstein Verlag began publishing the monthly magazine Der Uhu; its circulation was around 100,000. Modeled on American magazines, richly illustrated periodicals of this sort....
8.   Franz Roh, "Post-Expressionist Schema" (1925)

9.   Ivan Goll, "The Negroes Are Conquering Europe" (1926)

10.   Katharina Rathaus, "Charleston: Every Age Has the Dance It Deserves" (1926)

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