Remnants of Weimar
This Coda summarizes the book's main themes and presents some final thoughts. This book has engaged critically with the idea and image of the masses in interwar European culture, focusing on Germany and Austria. It argues that “the masses” was an organizing term for so many cultural, intellectual, and aesthetic endeavors of the period. The term may be seen as a secret code helping us to link seemingly unrelated social, political, ideological, artistic, scholarly, and cultural discourses, thus allowing us to diagnose the common fracture within them—the fracture of breakdown and defeat that generated restless searches for new forms and concepts, as well as reactionary reactivations of old ones, in the hope of reconstituting society under conditions of modernity.
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