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Culture and Inflation in Weimar Germany$
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Bernd Widdig

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520222908

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520222908.001.0001

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Visions of Work

Visions of Work

Hugo Stinnes and His Doubles

(p.134) Chapter Six Visions of Work
Culture and Inflation in Weimar Germany

Hugo Stinnes His Doubles

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This chapter focuses on Hugo Stinnes, a German industrialist who became Europe's richest man during the time of inflation. It suggests that the one-dimensional portrait of Stinnes as a ruthless profiteer and power-hungry capitalist does not do justice to his figure. It analyzes several works that each illustrates the power of Stinnes as a cultural icon during the early 1920s. These are the novella Kobes, the film Metropolis, and the small novella Gott Stinnes: Ein Pamphlet gegen den vollkommenen Menschen.

Keywords:   Hugo Stinnes, German industrialist, inflation, profiteer, capitalist, cultural icon, Kobes, Metropolis, Gott Stinnes

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