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The Holy Reich: Nazi Conceptions of Christianity, 1919-1945
     

The Holy Reich: Nazi Conceptions of Christianity, 1919-1945

by Richard Steigmann-Gall
 

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ISBN-10: 0521823714

ISBN-13: 9780521823715

Pub. Date: 05/01/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Analyzing the previously unexplored religious views of the Nazi elite, Richard Steigmann-Gall argues against the consensus that Nazism as a whole was either unrelated to Christianity or actively opposed to it. In contrast, Steigmann-Gall demonstrates that many in the Nazi movement believed the contours of their ideology were based on a Christian understanding of

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Analyzing the previously unexplored religious views of the Nazi elite, Richard Steigmann-Gall argues against the consensus that Nazism as a whole was either unrelated to Christianity or actively opposed to it. In contrast, Steigmann-Gall demonstrates that many in the Nazi movement believed the contours of their ideology were based on a Christian understanding of Germany's ills and their cure. He also explores the struggle the "positive Christians" waged with the party's paganists and demonstrates that this was not just a conflict over religion, but over the very meaning of Nazi ideology itself. Richard Steigmann-Gall is assistant professor of history at Kent Sate University. He earned his BA and MA at the University of Michigan, and PhD at the University of Toronto. He has earned fellowships and awards from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism in Israel, and the Max-Planck Institut fur Geschichte in Göttingen. His research interests include modern Germany, Fascism, and religion and society in Europe, and he has published articles in Central European History, German History, Social History, and Kirchliche Zeitgeschichte.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521823715
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/01/2003
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

1. Positive christianity: the doctrine of the time of struggle; 2. Above the confessions: bridging the religious divide; 3. Blood and soil: the paganist ambivalence; 4. National renewal: religion and the New Germany; 5. Completing the reformation: the Protestant Reich Church; 6. Public need before private greed: building the people's community; 7. Gottgläubig: assent of the anti-Christians?; 8. The Holy Reich: some conclusions.

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