By Colin Storer
Among the 2 global wars, Germany controlled -- regardless of the entire political upheavals it used to be experiencing -- to draw super huge numbers of British visitors and travelers. through the Weimar interval particularly, Germany attracted viewers from nearly each portion of British society. during this publication, Colin Storer strikes past the normal scholarly concentrate on figures equivalent to Christopher Isherwood and John Maynard Keynes to supply the 1st extensive comparative examine of British highbrow attitudes in the direction of Weimar Germany. in line with unique learn and utilizing impressive examples from highbrow lifestyles and literature it highlights the range of British attitudes, demanding situations acquired reviews on components equivalent to the "inevitable collapse" of the Republic, and seeks to set up why Weimar Germany was once so attractive to this kind of number of members.
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N. Brailsford; while conditions ‘under the Treaty’ and in the Occupied Rhineland were keenly observed by liberal and left-wing writers who regarded the Treaty of Versailles as a ‘Carthaginian peace’. Similarly, as a hub of European road, rail and air travel, Berlin in particular was an ideal stopping place for Britons travelling across Europe from east to west. This, and the increasing polarisation of German politics (or at least the perception of it), made it a favoured port of call for Britons bound to and from Moscow.
All tourism includes some travel, but not all travel is tourism. 83 The breadth and inclusiveness of these definitions is interesting in this context, as it means that tourism can be said to encompass most of the activities undertaken by the individuals discussed in this study. By Burkart and Medlik’s definition, most intellectual visitors to Weimar Germany were tourists, even those for whom the trip was in some sense connected with their work and their art. The only exceptions would be those individuals like Frederick Voigt, the Manchester Guardian’s correspondent, lived and worked in Berlin between 1920 and 1933, who would be classed as migrants.
But they were in reality anything but a typical upper-middle-class family. Anna Muthesius, the matriarch of the family, was a former professional soprano who designed her own clothes and extolled feminist principles. 71 However, to admit this would not have suited the image that Auden wished to present of himself as a bohemian and rebel against his own very conventional middle-class upbringing. 72 Nor was Auden alone in associating Germany with rebellion against his class and country. 73 So determined was he to escape the cloying atmosphere of his homeland and his background, that he spent much of the interwar period travelling, and eventually turned his back on Britain for good, settling in California in 1939.