2016 Grimm Lecture: Democracy in Disappearing Ink: The Politics of Exclusion in Germany before HitlerExport this event to calendar

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 — 7:00 PM EDT

Election battles were fought ferociously in pre-World War One Germany, when most middle-class Germans still opposed formal democracy. Anti-democrats deployed many exclusionary strategies that flew in the face of electoral fairness. They battled socialists, liberals, and Jews at election time, and they repeatedly rewrote the rules of the electoral game. With a regional case study, Retallack explores why so many Germans opposed the principle of “one man, one vote” and how they made it easier for Hitler and the Nazis to inter German democracy after 1933.

poster detail with city image in dripping inkThe 2016 Grimm visiting lecturer, James Retallack teaches undergraduate and graduates in European history from 1770 to 1945. After studying as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford he received his D.Phil. in 1983 and joined the University of Toronto in 1987. His research interests (1830-1918) include German regional history, nationalism, anti-semitism, electoral politics, and historiography. He has authored or edited fourteen books, including Imperial Germany 1871-1918: The Short Oxford History of Germany and, most recently, Germany's Second Reich: Portraits and Pathways. His volume of on-line documents and images on Bismarckian Germany, edited for the German Historical Institute, Washington DC, reaches a world-wide audience.

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QNC - Quantum Nano Centre
Room 1502
200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Canada

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