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Cool Conduct: The Culture of Distance in Weimar Germany

Helmut Lethen


This book presents an interpretation of attitudes and mentalities that informed the Weimar Republic by a scholar well known for his profound knowledge of this period. The book tells of “cool conduct” as a cultivated antidote to the heated atmosphere of post-World War I Germany, as a way of burying shame and animosity that might otherwise make social contact impossible.

Keywords: Weimar Republic, Germany, distance, World War I, attitudes, mentalities, post-World War I

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780520201095
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520201095.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Helmut Lethen, author