Sexual Politics and the Legacy of the Weimar Republic

People often want to draw lessons from the collapse of Germany’s first democracy. The short-lived but widely celebrated Weimar Republic lasted from the fall of the monarchy and revolution of 1918/19 to the seizure of power by Hitler’s National Socialists in 1933.

As journalists and commentators try to make sense of the rise of right-wing populism and polarisation of debates in our present, we frequently hear attempts to link these trends back to Weimar.