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November 1991
378 pages  

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Weimar Prussia, 1925–1933
The Illusion of Strength
Orlow, Dietrich
With the development of a strong parliamentary system, Orlow shows how close Prussia came to realizing its goal of lasting democracy for the entire Reich, and how far it fell when the Nazis took power.

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Dietrich Orlow is professor of history at Boston University.
“In his examination of Prussian politics during Weimar, Orlow has mined an impressive array of archival sources, including the papers of most of the principal personalities and the surviving records of the state government. He has also scrutinized the press of that period and worked through a published course too often neglected in favor of unpublished documentations: parliamentary proceedings. The result is a treasure trove of information about Germany's largest state during its brief period of democratic government.”—Central European History

“A detailed study based on immense documentation, it will be of great value for students of totalitarian regimes.”—New York Review of Books

“The struggles between organizational development and propaganda, socialist tendencies and opportunist wooing of the middle-class are narrated in a lucid style. . . . A must for any student of the Nazi period and should appeal to the general reader interested in parties and politics.”—Choice

“Orlow has rendered a service both to scholars in the field and to the general reader interested in the politics and personalities of a German state that once encompassed three-fifths of the nation. His book(s) represents the definitive political history of Prussia during the Weimar years.”—Journal of Modern History

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