Inhumanities: Nazi Interpretations of Western Culture

Inhumanities: Nazi Interpretations of Western Culture

by David B. Dennis
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1107020492

ISBN-13: 9781107020498

Pub. Date: 09/20/2012

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Inhumanities is an unprecedented account of the ways Nazi Germany manipulated and mobilized European literature, philosophy, painting, sculpture, and music in support of its ideological ends. David B. Dennis shows how, based on belief that the Third Reich represented the culmination of Western Civilization, culture became a key propaganda tool in the regime's

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Inhumanities is an unprecedented account of the ways Nazi Germany manipulated and mobilized European literature, philosophy, painting, sculpture, and music in support of its ideological ends. David B. Dennis shows how, based on belief that the Third Reich represented the culmination of Western Civilization, culture became a key propaganda tool in the regime's program of national renewal and its campaign against political, national, and racial enemies. Focusing on the daily output of the Völkischer Beobachter, the party's official organ and the most widely-circulating German newspaper of the day, he reveals how activists twisted history, biography, and aesthetics to fit Nazism's authoritarian, militaristic, and anti-Semitic worldviews. Ranging from National Socialist coverage of Germans such as Luther, Dürer, Goethe, Beethoven, Wagner, and Nietzsche to 'great men of the Nordic West' such as Socrates, Leonardo, and Michelangelo, he reveals the true extent of the regime's ambitious attempt to reshape the 'German mind'.

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ISBN-13:
9781107020498
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/20/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
553
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. Foundations of Nazi Cultural History: 1. The 'Germanic' origins of western culture; 2. Voxvolkish; 3. The western tradition as political and patriotic; 4. The western tradition as anti-Semitic; 5. The archenemy incarnate; Part II. Blind to the Light: 6. Classicism romanticized; 7. Intolerance toward enlightenment; 8. Forging steel romanticism; 9. Romantic music as 'our greatest legacy'; Part III. Modern Dilemmas: 10. Realist paradox and expressionist confusion; 11. Nordic existentialists and volkish founders; 12. Music after Wagner; Part IV. 'Holy' War and Weimar 'Crisis': 13. Heralds of the front experience; 14. Weimar culture wars i: defending German spirit from 'circumcision'; 15. Weimar culture wars ii: combating 'degeneracy'; Part V. Nazi 'Solutions': 16. 'Honour your German masters'; 17. The Nazi 'Renaissance'; 18. Kultur at war; Conclusion.

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