“Hitler was Nazi Germany and Nazi Germany was Hitler.” Though true to the extent that Hitler’s personality, leadership, and ideological convictions played a massive role in shaping the nature of government and life during the Third Reich, this popular view has led many writers since the end of World War II to overlook important aspects of Nazism while centering attention solely on Hitler’s contributions to the Nazi Party.
This book seeks to fill a significant gap in the literature by concentrating particularly on the Nazi Party and its growth during the years of the Weimar Republic, examining the paramilitary presence in Germany and Bavaria after World War I. Most of the book describes the development of the Nazi Storm Detachment (Sturmabteilung, or SA) before and after the failed Beer Hall Putsch in 1923. By the time Hitler came to power in January 1933, there were perhaps as many as 400,000 of these brown-shirted men, often self-styled revolutionaries, creating violence on a daily basis and destroying the underpinnings of the Weimar Republic. The book features several photographs captured from the Nazi Party’s Central Publishing Facility in Munich and passed to the author in the late 1950s.
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About the Author
The late Otis C. Mitchell was professor emeritus of history at the University of Cincinnati and author of more than a dozen books in the field of German history.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
1. Origins and Inspirations: Prewar Imperial Germany 3
2. The Weimar Republic Rises Among the Ruins 12
3. The Appearance of Hitler 29
INTERPOLATION I. The Munich Matrix of Right Radicalism 38
4. The Infancy of Nazism (1919–1923) 46
INTERPOLATION II. The Bavarian Paramilitary Scene (1919–1923) 57
5. The Failed Putsch 72
6. The Years of Preparation (1924–1930) 83
7. The Reichstag Elections of 1930 and the SA 96
INTERPOLATION III. Battleground Berlin (1925–1933) 106
8. The Shape and Meaning of the Depression SA 117
9. Nazism into Power 139
Epilogue (1933–1934) 154
Chapter Notes 171