Chaos and Classicism: The Interwar Period

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Atina Grossmann, Professor of History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Cooper Union, New York, discusses the social and political impact of World War I in Weimar Germany and elsewhere. This “total war” was possibly the most traumatic event of the 20th century and dramatically changed the political and social landscape. Grossmann sheds light on Germany’s often-mythologized Weimar Republic of the interwar period, calling it “a precarious experiment in democracy” that never really made it out of crisis, at once culturally generative, economically precarious, and politically polarized.

For more information, visit Chaos and Classicism: Art in France, Italy, and Germany, 1918–1936.