Bread and Democracy in Germany. Latifundia perdidere Germaniam. (Inscribed by Gerschenkron to his parents and sister during World War II.)

GERSCHENKRON, Alexander (1904-1978):

Editorial: Berkeley & Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1943., 1943
Condición: Very Good Encuadernación de tapa dura
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First Edition. viii, 1 leaf, 238 pp; 2 maps; graph. Original cloth. Some mottling of covers. Else Very Good, in torn dust jacket. Inscribed: 'To Papa, Mama, and Lydia/with love and gratitude, a/book which I hoped I would be able to/present in person. Shura/December 17, 1943'. 'Bread and Democracy in Germany is his longest single piece of published writing. Like everything he wrote, it is much less a comprehensive study than an essay. Shura [the name Gerschenkron was known by] chose big topics -- in this case the rise of German fascism -- and mastered them with muscular reading and archival research. Then, when it was time to write, he did so with a lathe, turning his ideas over and over as he honed them into lean meditations. Published in 1943, when Shura was thirty-nine, Bread and Democracy has served him as an elegant calling card among other scholars ever since. Martin Peretz picked it up as a Harvard graduate student in the 1960s and says, ‘I read it twice -- I couldn't believe how good it was.’ Writing in the New Yorker in 1991, Patrick Smith praised Shura’s book at length as a ‘classic of economic history.’ In truth, Bread and Democracy is really a classic of Austrian scholarship, a book whose eclectic intellectual pedigree makes it as much a work of political science and sociology as anything economic. The book’s subject is the Junkers, the powerful Prussian planter aristocrats who owned the sprawling wheat, oat, barley, and rye fields east of the Elbe River. The Junker landowners’ influence with the German government was such that in modern times they wrested a medieval privilege for themselves -- the right to supply all of Germany with bread grains. The grain monopoly enabled the Junker estate owners to charge wildly inflated amounts for their crops, meaning that the German population was paying double the market price for bread. Bread and Democracy argues that the tolerance of such blatant government protectionism was symptomatic of an antidemocratic sensibility in German politics that left the country vulnerable to fascism. Hitler made shrewd use of the situation. The public welcomed the dictator partly because he seemed likely to stand up to the abuses of the monied establishment. And the Nazis did spend a lot of time loudly denouncing the Junkers. Then they slipped into back rooms and cut deals with them, an insidious pattern that led Shura, writing in 1943, to conclude that ‘if the grain of the Junkers grows, the grain of German democracy will wither and perish from the earth.’ That wasn’t a bad sentence for someone with less than five years of English. It was also the closest the author would come to suggesting that the Nazis were anything more to him personally than garden variety villains' (Nicholas Dawidoff, The Fly Swatter: How My Grandfather Made His Way in the World, 2002, pp. 126-7). N° de ref. de la librería 23392

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Título: Bread and Democracy in Germany. Latifundia ...

Editorial: Berkeley & Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1943.

Año de publicación: 1943

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:Very Good

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Very Good

Ejemplar firmado: Signed by Author(s)

Edición: 1st Edition

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