Civil Society and the Collapse of the Weimar Republic

  title={Civil Society and the Collapse of the Weimar Republic},
  author={Sheri Berman},
  journal={World Politics},
  pages={401 - 429}
  • Sheri Berman
  • Published 1 April 1997
  • Political Science
  • World Politics
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