1923: The Forgotten Crisis in the Year of Hitler’s Coup (Hardback)
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1923: The Forgotten Crisis in the Year of Hitler’s Coup (Hardback)

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Hardback 416 Pages
Published: 25/05/2023
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The astonishing year when German democracy faced crisis and near destruction.

1923 was one of the most remarkable years of modern European history. In January, France and Belgium militarily occupied Germany's economic heartland, the Ruhr; triggering a series of crises that almost spiralled out of control. Hyperinflation plunged millions into poverty. The search for scapegoats empowered political extremes. Hitler's populism ascended to national prominence. Communists, Nazis, separatists all thought that they could use the crises to destroy democracy.

None succeeded. 1923 was the year of Hitler's first victory - and his first defeat. Fanning the flames of instability, anti-government and antisemitic sentiment, the Nazis' abortive yet pivotal putsch in a Munich beer hall failed when they were abandoned by their likeminded conservative allies.

Drawing on previously unseen sources, Mark Jones weaves together a thrilling and resonant narrative of German lives in this turbulent time. Tracing Hitler's rise, we see how political pragmatism and international cooperation eventually steered the nation away from total insurrection. A decade later, when Weimar democracy eventually succumbed to tyranny, the warnings from 1923 - rising of nationalist rhetoric, fragile European consensus, and underestimation the of the enemies of liberalism - became only too apparent.

This account of the republic's convulsions and survival offers a gripping image of a modern society in extreme crisis.

Publisher: John Murray Press
ISBN: 9781529360721
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 660 g
Dimensions: 236 x 160 x 40 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Gripping . . . Thoroughly researched and beautifully written, Mark Jones's story of a democracy under terrible pressure is a warning for our times - Alexander Watson, author of RING OF STEEL

Fascinating . . . shows powerfully that there was nothing inevitable about the survival of Germany's young democracy in that year - nor about its death a decade later. A timely reminder - Katja Hoyer, author of BLOOD AND IRON

Deftly written and lucid . . . a masterful interpretation of a fateful year - Robert Kershaw, author of DÜNKIRCHEN 1940

Meticulously researched and elegantly written, 1923 explains how Germany stood on the brink of chaos in that crisis year and then stepped back. Highly recommended - Roger Moorhouse, author of POLAND 1939

Scary . . . Jones's book asks where we are today - at the end of the troubles, or at the beginning? - Peter Fritzsche, author of HITLER'S FIRST HUNDRED DAYS

A crisp and methodical chronicle of the year Germany went wrong . . . Jones traces the eruption in a deftly detailed and convincing narrative . . . His vivid history of Germany in 1923 is a timely alert to the dangers of repetition - Nicholas Shakespeare, author of SIX MINUTES IN MAY

A hundred years on, the profound crisis of 1923 seems uncomfortably similar to the challenges experienced by many democracies today: the rise of political extremism, runaway inflation, and resistance to foreign occupation are back in the news today, but they are certainly not new. Jones's meticulously researched and splendidly written book brings this dark but forgotten year back to life - Robert Gerwarth, author of THE VANQUISHED

Riveting - Irish Independent

Refreshing and readable - Irish Times

A vivid, crisp, impressively sustained narrative - Financial Times

Jones's fascinating book gives us a timely lesson in the fragility of democracy - BBC History Magazine, Books of the Year

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