Where Ghosts Walked / Edition 1

Where Ghosts Walked / Edition 1

by David Clay Large
     
 

ISBN-10: 039303836X

ISBN-13: 2900393038360

Pub. Date: 10/01/1996

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

The capital of the Nazi movement was not Berlin but Munich. So said the Fuhrer, Adolf Hitler, of this handsome Bavarian town on the banks of the Isar River. Munich, the city of baroque buildings, fine art museums, and Oktoberfest, was where Hitler felt most at home. It was the birthplace of Nazism and became the chief cultural shrine of the Third Reich. Why did Nazism…  See more details below

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The capital of the Nazi movement was not Berlin but Munich. So said the Fuhrer, Adolf Hitler, of this handsome Bavarian town on the banks of the Isar River. Munich, the city of baroque buildings, fine art museums, and Oktoberfest, was where Hitler felt most at home. It was the birthplace of Nazism and became the chief cultural shrine of the Third Reich. Why did Nazism flourish in the "Athens of the Isar"? In exploring this question, David Clay Large has written a compelling narrative account of the cultural roots of the Nazi movement. His focus on Munich allows us to see that the conventional explanations for the movement's rise are not enough. Large's account begins in Munich's "golden age," the four decades before World War I, when the city's artists and writers produced some of the outstanding works of the modernist spirit. But there was a dark side, a protofascist cultural heritage that would tie Hitler's movement to the soul of the city. Large prowls this volatile world, its eccentric poets and publishers, its salons and seamy basement meeting places. In this hothouse atmosphere attacks on cosmopolitan modernity and political liberalism flourished, along with a virulent anti-Semitism and German nationalism.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900393038360
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/1996
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
436

Table of Contents

Introduction: "Athens on the Isar"
1Germany's Bohemia3
2The Great Swindle43
3Red Munich76
4Birthplace of Nazism123
5To the Feldherrnhalle157
6"The Dumbest City in Germany"195
7Capital of the Movement231
8Babylon on the Isar268
9Gotterdammerung311
Epilogue: Reckoning with(out) the Past in the "World City with Heart"347
Notes363
Index395

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