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By Robert G. Moeller

Robert Moeller investigates the German peasantry's rejection of the Weimar Republic within the Twenties and offers a brand new interpretation of Catholic peasant conservatism in western Germany. in line with Moeller, rural help for conservative political strategies to the Weimar Republic used to be the results of a chain of critical monetary jolts that all started in 1914 and persisted unabated until eventually 1933.

During the past due 19th century, peasant farmers within the Rhineland and Wesphalia adjusted their construction to a capitalist marketplace and loved an exceptional interval of prosperity that lasted till the outbreak of worldwide conflict I. After August 1914 peasant manufacturers faced kingdom intervention within the agricultural quarter, legislation of costs and markets, and the subordination of agrarian pursuits to the calls for of city shoppers. A managed financial system for plenty of agricultural items persevered into the postwar period.

Focusing at the Catholic peasantry, Moeller exhibits that peasant rejection of the Weimar Republic was once firmly grounded within the rapid conditions of the conflict financial system and the asymmetric means of postwar restoration. He demanding situations the dominant view that rural help for conservative political recommendations was once essentially the fabricated from the peasantry's hostility towards commercial capitalism and of long term social and political affinities relationship from the 19th century. Moeller's findings convey that conservative agrarian ideology was once conscientiously formulated in accordance with the explicit peasant grievances that originated during this interval of continuous financial and political crisis.

Originally released in 1986.

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