'Hitler Myth: Image and Reality in the Third Reich / Edition 1

'Hitler Myth: Image and Reality in the Third Reich / Edition 1

by Ian Kershaw
     
 

Few, if any, twentieth-century political leaders have enjoyed greater popularity among their own people than Hitler did in the decade or so following his rise to power in 1933. The personality of Hitler himself, however, can scarcely explain this immense popularity or his political effectiveness in the 1930s and '40s. His hold over the German people lay rather in

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Overview

Few, if any, twentieth-century political leaders have enjoyed greater popularity among their own people than Hitler did in the decade or so following his rise to power in 1933. The personality of Hitler himself, however, can scarcely explain this immense popularity or his political effectiveness in the 1930s and '40s. His hold over the German people lay rather in the hopes and perceptions of the millions who adored him.

Based largely on the reports of government officials, party agencies, and political opponents, Ian Kershaw's groundbreaking study charts the creation, growth, and decline of the "Hitler myth." He demonstrates how the manufactured "Fuhrer-cult" served as a crucial integrating force within the Third Reich and a vital element in the attainment of Nazi political aims. Masters of the new techniques of propaganda, the Nazis used "image-building" to exploit the beliefs, phobias, and prejudices of the day. Kershaw greatly enhances our understanding of the German people's attitudes and behavior under Nazi rule and the psychology behind their adulation of Hitler.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192802064
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/13/2001
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
898,105
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.65(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Pt. 1The Making of the 'Hitler Myth', 1920-194011
1'Fuhrer of the Coming Germany': The Hitler Image in the Weimar Era13
2'Symbol of the Nation': The Propaganda Profile of Hitler, 1933-193648
3'Fuhrer without Sin': Hitler and the 'Little Hitlers'83
i'The Fuhrer restores Order': 'The Night of the Long Knives', 30 June 193484
iiThe 'Little Hitlers': The Image of the Local Party Bosses96
4The Fuhrer versus the Radicals: Hitler's Image and the 'Church Struggle'105
5Hitler the Statesman: War and Peace in the Balance121
i'Triumph without Bloodshed'124
iiTension132
iiiWar139
Pt. 2The Breaking of the 'Hitler Myth': 1940-1945149
6Blitzkrieg Triumph: High Peak of Popularity, 1940-1941151
7The War turns Sour: The 'Hitler Myth' starts to crumble169
8Defeat and Disaster: The 'Hitler Myth' collapses200
Pt. 3The 'Hitler Myth' and the Path to Genocide227
9Hitler's Popular Image and the 'Jewish Question'229
Conclusion253
List of Abbreviations and Glossary of German Terms and Names used in the Text and Notes270
Archival Sources and Newspapers Consulted274
List of Works Cited277
Further Reading289
Index291

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