up Law, History & Politics: The "Beer Hall Putsch" -- Munich, Bavaria (c. 1923)

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We'll continue the Second Season of Law History and Politics, discussing Hitler's trial for high treason in the People's Court in Munich, Bavaria.

For this meeting, we will examine Hitler's trial by analyzing its three distinct components: Law, History and Politics. To that end, we'll discuss the following:

I. Law

The nature of charges for orchestrating the Beer Hall Putsch (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beer_Hall_Putsch#Trial_and_prison).

Other named co-defendants, including Gen. Erich Ludendorff.

The verdict and the underlying justifications
(https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Adolf_Hitler_Trial_before_the_People%...)

The post-verdict prison sentence.

II. History

The post-WWI devastation faced by all belligerents, including Germany.

The proclamation and designation of the Weimar Republic.

Germany's ongoing burdens and obligations from the Treaty of Versailles

The post-war economic crisis, hyperinflation, and high unemployment.

III. Politics

The highly politicized nature of the Defendant's speeches during trial.

The rise of the Socialist Party and other movements to address the dire economic crisis.

Attempts to thwart the communist revolution.

The end of the Weimar Republic and Hitler's chancellorship.

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Here's a soundtrack for this meeting:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_8hqF6g2_o

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More about LHP:

The LHP series explore the intersections of its namesake -- an in-depth study of a particular law, court decision, or a legal precedent that shaped the political forces and its historical ramifications.

Last year, the LHP series covered subject matters that directly related to the U.S. We read and discussed landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions, particular Constitutional Amendments, or an influential legislative body of work.

For Season Two, the advanced LHP series will explore international and comparative law from a historic perspective. These may include: Magna Carta, the Code of Justinian, the Code of Hammurabi -- to more recent selections, such as the Treaty of Versailles, the U.N. Declaration on Human Rights and the Geneva Convention.

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LHP series (Season Two):

• The Treaty of Versailles (March 2018): https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/247933278/

• Magna Carta (Jan. 2018): https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/246064951/

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LHP series (Season One):

• Loving v. Virginia and Obergefell v. Hodges (December 2017): https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/244020216/

• Brown v. Board of Ed. (Sept. 2017): https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/242699442/

• The Chinese Exclusion Act and Korematsu v. U.S. (July 2017): https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/239229088/ ( https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/239229088/ )

• Plessy v. Ferguson, (April 2017) -- a reading and critical discussion of the "Separate But Equal" doctrine: https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/237488367/

• Federalist Papers Nos. 2 and 68, and the Dred Scott Decision (Feb. 2017): https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/236391106/?eventId=236391106s