The Challenge of Urban Modernity in Germany, 1919–1933
By John Bingham
Routledge – 2007 – 184 pages
Weimar Cities explores Germany's efforts to come to grips with its great cities after World War I; by extension the book measures the feasibility of the postwar experiment that was the Weimar Republic. The book focuses particularly on the weakness, both local and national, that resulted from the disjunct between the cities’ perceived and actual power.
Introduction: Locating Cities and Modernity in Weimar 1. Center and Periphery: Cities in Germany, 1900-1933 2. The Congress of Cities 3. The Urban Spectrum 4. Experiment: Urban Modernity and the "Great Reform" of 1929 5. A Nation of City Republics: The Urban Bases of Reichsreform Conclusion: Vulnerable Cities
Weimar Cities explores Germans’ efforts after the First World War to come to grips with their great cities and, by extension, measures the feasibility of the postwar experiment that was the Weimar Republic.