By Colin Storer
Among the 2 international wars, Germany controlled -- regardless of the entire political upheavals it used to be experiencing -- to draw tremendous huge numbers of British guests and travelers. through the Weimar interval particularly, Germany attracted viewers from almost each part of British society. during this publication, Colin Storer strikes past the normal scholarly concentrate on figures comparable to Christopher Isherwood and John Maynard Keynes to supply the 1st wide comparative examine of British highbrow attitudes in the direction of Weimar Germany. in accordance with unique study and utilizing extraordinary examples from highbrow existence and literature it highlights the variety of British attitudes, demanding situations acquired evaluations on parts resembling the "inevitable collapse" of the Republic, and seeks to set up why Weimar Germany used to be so beautiful to the sort of number of participants.
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By Burkart and Medlik’s definition, most intellectual visitors to Weimar Germany were tourists, even those for whom the trip was in some sense connected with their work and their art. The only exceptions would be those individuals like Frederick Voigt, the Manchester Guardian’s correspondent, lived and worked in Berlin between 1920 and 1933, who would be classed as migrants. Nevertheless, applying this definition in the present context yields some interesting results. Christopher Isherwood would be classed as a migrant, despite the fact that his stated reason for leaving his homeland – the pursuit of sexual gratification – might best be defined as ‘pleasure’, because for much of the period between 1929 and 1933 he was resident in Berlin; while Wyndham Lewis would be classed as a tourist during his 1921 visit to Berlin the purpose of which was to explore the possibility of an exhibition of his paintings at the Sturm Galerie in the Potsdamerstrasse because of its short duration.
20 For many of those who lived through it the First World War was the defining experience of their lives. As well psychological and physical traumas many veterans of the conflict had their political and social views profoundly altered by the experience of war. There was ‘a sense that the war had in some ways purged Europe’21 and that the continent could now be made anew, that old rivalries and inequalities could be put aside and ‘a fit country for heroes to live in’22 forged from the bitter experience of 1914–18.
20 BRITAIN AND THE WEIMAR REPUBLIC Politics were of central importance to many British visitors to Germany in the interwar period, and politics was never far away even in the writings of the least politicised of foreign visitors. As Lilian Mowrer noted, ‘Germany was in the main stream of history’,37 at the centre of Europe geographically, but also at the heart of many of the issues that bedevilled European politics in the interwar period – reparations, disarmament, security and stability, and the rise of political extremism.