Adolf Hitler: A Portrait

Overview

How did a bohemian artist become a mass murderer? Michael FitzGerald demonstrates how Hitler was driven by his inner doubts to seek revenge against those he blamed for his situation. As a young man, he experienced intense poverty. He despised the monarchy, aristocracy, and middle classes. At the end of World War I, he threw himself enthusiastically into a Communist revolution in Bavaria.

Throughout his life, Hitler remained anti-establishment. Even when he became convinced that ...

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Overview

How did a bohemian artist become a mass murderer? Michael FitzGerald demonstrates how Hitler was driven by his inner doubts to seek revenge against those he blamed for his situation. As a young man, he experienced intense poverty. He despised the monarchy, aristocracy, and middle classes. At the end of World War I, he threw himself enthusiastically into a Communist revolution in Bavaria.

Throughout his life, Hitler remained anti-establishment. Even when he became convinced that the Jews were behind both capitalism and Communism, he did not alter his other political views. People often forget that 'Nazi' was a nickname for 'National Socialist' and are unaware of how strongly socialist Hitler really was.

Historians have also consistently underestimated Hitler's vision of himself and his missions for Germany.

Believing that the Aryan race represented the highest form of humanity, Hitler was tormented by his inability to live up to his own ideals. His suspicion of Jewish blood in his family, and his failure to conform to the 'Aryan' physical type, haunted him. He found peace in the rapturous shouts of adoring crowds, though, as his country slid into defeat, his rage turned inwards, on his country and himself. FitzGerald shows us the man behind the mask, and explains how he came to be what he was.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781862273221
  • Publisher: Spellmount, Limited Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/2007
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Fitzgerald is a historian specializing in Germany between 1918 and 1945.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     vii
The Mind of Adolf Hitler     1
Hitler the Soldier     21
Hitler the Artist     29
Hitler and Women     39
Hitler as Conspirator     51
Hitler the Prisoner     63
Hitler the Politician     71
Hitler the Messiah     91
Hitler the 'Green' Leader     101
Hitler and 'Strength through Joy'     117
Hitler and German Youth     135
Hitler the Warlord     149
Hitler as Murderer     159
Conclusion     169
Sources and Bibliography     187
Mein Kampf     201
Index     211
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