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Courtroom to Revolutionary Stage: Performance and Ideology in Weimar Political Trials

Henning Grunwald


What role did the courts play in the demise of Germany's first democracy and Hitler's rise to power? This book challenges the orthodox interpretation of Weimar political justice. It argues that an exclusive focus on reactionary judges and a preoccupation with number-crunching verdicts has obscured precisely that aspect of trials most fascinating to contemporary observers: its drama. Drawing on untapped sources and material previously inaccessible in English, it shows how an innovative group of party lawyers transformed dry legal proceedings into spectacular ideological clashes. Supported by po ... More

Keywords: political justice, Weimar Germany, legal history, political culture, party lawyers, trials as performance, ideology, National Socialism, NSDAP, Communism, Agitprop, legal profession, legal aid

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199609048
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609048.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Henning Grunwald, author
DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor of History, Vanderbilt University