Weimar Voting

This project intends to visualize selected details of the voting behavior in the German Reich between 1924 and 1933. The scope lies mainly in the radicalization towards the left and the right edge of the political party spectrum, which finally led to the end of the Weimar democratic system.

A project by Christian Stögbauer and Marco Sunder,

Economic History Seminar
Faculty of Economics
University of Munich, Germany.

This project was generously supported by the Volkswagen Foundation.

Volkswagenstiftung

English abstractThe Weimar Voting project is a "by-product" of Christian Stögbauer's doctor thesis, published as "Wählerverhalten und nationalsozialistische Machtergreifung. Ökonomische, soziokulturelle, räumliche Determinanten sowie kontrafaktische Politiksimulation" by Scripta Mercaturae Verlag (English abstract).


System requirements

This project requires a modern-times browser (e.g. Netscape 4 [not 6 beta] or MSIE 4+) with JavaScript being enabled and with a properly installed Macromedia Flash 4 plug-in. We checked and optimized everything on a Windows 98 machine with a screen resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels @ 16bit colors. In case you encounter issues regarding hardware/software incompatibility with this project, we would appreciate to receive your comments on those issues.

Here you can download the plug-in (for free).


How to use Weimar Voting

Weimar Voting does not require any prior knowledge about the analysis of voting data or the Weimar Republic. The possibility to interactively shape the information-flow of the project - e.g. to obtain additional information to various topics or to highlight regions in the maps - should be self-explanatory even for unexperienced internet-users. In case of doubt just push 'suspicious' buttons and wait what happens. The organization of the project suggests clicking through the points succesively in the offered sequence. However, for hasty visitors we recommend the following procedure:

  • Introduction
  • Comments for the 3D Presentation
  • Voting Sequences

The main issue of the project are Voting Sequences where the effect of the most influential socio-structural determinant is shown individually for the two radical parties, NSDAP and KPD. Weimar Voting is consistentely based on displaying information in a very intuitive manner by different forms of interactive map presentations. Therefore, Weimar Voting will probably appeal not only to people interested in voting behavior, but also to everybody generally interested in the social structure of the Weimar Republic - e.g. students, pupils, teachers or simply 'casual' surfers.

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