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Published: 12 December 2012

336 Pages

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780199609048

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Courtroom to Revolutionary Stage

Performance and Ideology in Weimar Political Trials

Henning Grunwald

  • Develops a novel perspective on Weimar political justice, an important factor in the rise of the Third Reich
  • Significantly broadens our understanding of the impact of trials on political culture and the collapse of democracy by focusing on lawyers, not judges, and on the entirety of proceedings rather than just verdicts
  • Uses archives made available since fall of the wall, and makes primary sources accessible for the first time in English, and often for the first time ever
  • Interprets trials as spectacular performances of ideology; as dramatic, vivid, and entertaining propaganda vehicles, not dry legal affairs
  • Highlights the role of party legal organizations for the first time
  • Considers right- and left-wing legal aid and anti-judicial propaganda jointly; challenges the historiographical orthodoxy and emphasizes the common ground between communists and nationalists