Das politische Zeremoniell der Weimarer Republik in den Staatsbesuchen zwischen 1920 und 1933
The importance of symbolic means of communication for the functioning of a state order is today undisputed in historical research. Relating to the Weimar Republic, its inadequate politics of representation have been considered as one of the reasons for the failure of the first German democracy. This study succeeds to refute the assumption of lack of symbols attributed to the Weimar Republic by analysing the proceedings, the symbols, the ceremonies and rituals of state visits between 1920 and 1933. By means of the theorems of New Political History, that embraces approaches drawn from cultural history as well as from the research of symbols, it can be shown to which extent the Weimar Republic pursued a policy of representation aiming to emphasize its new self-image as a democratic state. The extensive evaluation of the relevant sources in German and British archives, plus the inclusion of national and international press responses, enable to prove the high political and social importance of the three analysed state visits. However, placing them in their broader historical context also reveals the limited reach of symbolic means of communication.
L’importance majeure que revêt la communication symbolique pour le fonctionnement du système politique d’un État est aujourd’hui un fait reconnu par les historiens. En ce qui concerne la République de Weimar, le déficit en matière de représentation politique a été considéré comme une des causes de l’échec de la première d...
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
This site requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals.
Do you have any questions? Contact us.Or login to access all content.