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(German ˈraːtənau)
(Biography) Walther (ˈvaltər). 1867–1922, German industrialist and statesman: he organized the German war industries during World War I, became minister of reconstruction (1921) and of foreign affairs (1922), and was largely responsible for the treaty of Rapallo with Russia. His assassination by right-wing extremists caused a furore


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Walther, 1867–1922, German industrialist.
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Einstein enjoyed the moral support of the German statesman Walther Rathenau and the financial support of Baron de Rothschild.
When the editors of Musil's diaries later followed up on Corino's inquiry and asked Schmitt about the content of his conversation with Musil, he replied that their meeting and his reading of Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften had been dominated "allzu aus-schliesslich" by his interest in Walther Rathenau, which Musil had found limiting (Musil, TB II 1200).
Focusing on case studies from archival materials, the author depicts the life and intentions of three projectors who suggested a global perspective on the world in their works: Wilhelm Ostwald, Franz Maria Feldhaus, and Walther Rathenau.
Synopsis: "Before the Court of Heaven" by Jack Mayer is a work of historical fiction which is based on the true story of Ernst Techow, a young fascist assassin responsible for the 1922 murder of the highest-ranking Jew in Weimar Germany--the German Foreign Minister Walther Rathenau.
Berlin, Sep 19 (Petra) -- Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, on Thursday, received the Walther Rathenau Prize in recognition of her work as an outstanding advocate for peace and understanding between East and West.
The main body of the text is organized in five chapters devoted to the world around 1900, Wilhelm OstwaldAEs world formations and the unity of diversity, the world history of technology, Walther Rathenau and the systems economy, and a search for the worldAEs remains.
Walther Rathenau (1867-1922)--industrialist, intellectual, politician and prophet of modernity--is an endlessly fascinating and enigmatic figure about whom much has been written, the most prominent work being perhaps Harry Kessler's 1928 biography (English translation 1929), which drew on sources lost in the Second World War.
According to this convincing new biography, Weimar foreign minister Walther Rathenau personified the strengths and struggles of the young German nation at the turn of the last century.
Walther Rathenau provides us with an important case study.
Galin Tihanov, a new voice in Musil research, then relates Musil in minute detail to the traditions of conservative (not simply right-wing) thought represented principally by Carl Schmitt, Walther Rathenau, and Othmar Spann, showing how such ideas are satirized through the person of Arnheim in Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften.
A good example of Haffner's journalistic flair is found in the following observations about Walther Rathenau, the German foreign minister who negotiated the Treaty of Rapallo, and Hitler: "If my experience of Germany has taught me anything, it is this: Rathenau and Hitler are the two men who have excited the imagination of the German masses to the utmost--the one by his ineffable culture, the other by his ineffable vileness.
The intentions and activities of political and economic actors appear in new light by this recounting because they are no longer tied to specific side issues (such as Joseph Koeth with demobilization, or Walther Rathenau with fulfilment) but brought into a larger fabric.