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The Third Reich in the Ivory Tower: Complicity and Conflict on American Campuses
     

The Third Reich in the Ivory Tower: Complicity and Conflict on American Campuses

by Stephen H. Norwood
 

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ISBN-10: 052176243X

ISBN-13: 9780521762434

Pub. Date: 05/31/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This is the first systematic exploration of the nature and extent of sympathy for Nazi Germany at American universities during the 1930s. Universities were highly influential in shaping public opinion and many of the nation's most prominent university administrators refused to take a principled stand against the Hitler regime. Universities welcomed Nazi officials

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This is the first systematic exploration of the nature and extent of sympathy for Nazi Germany at American universities during the 1930s. Universities were highly influential in shaping public opinion and many of the nation's most prominent university administrators refused to take a principled stand against the Hitler regime. Universities welcomed Nazi officials to campus and participated enthusiastically in student exchange programs with Nazified universities in Germany. American educators helped Nazi Germany improve its image in the West as it intensified its persecution of the Jews and strengthened its armed forces. The study contrasts the significant American grass-roots protest against Nazism that emerged as soon as Hitler assumed power with campus quiescence, and administrators' frequently harsh treatment of those students and professors who challenged their determination to maintain friendly relations with Nazi Germany.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521762434
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/31/2009
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
350
Sales rank:
1,010,911
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

1. Germany reverts to the Dark Ages: Nazi clarity and American awareness, 1933-1934; 2. Legitimating Nazism: Harvard University and the Hitler regime, 1933-1937; 3. Complicity and conflict: Columbia University's response to Fascism, 1933-1937; 4. The seven sisters colleges and the Third Reich: promoting fellowship through student exchange; 5. A respectful hearing for Nazi Germany's apologists: the University of Virginia Institute of Public Affairs round tables, 1933-1941; 6. Nazi nests: German departments in American Universities, 1933-1941; 7. American Catholic Universities' flirtation with Fascism; 8. 1938, year of the Kristallnacht: the limits of campus protest; Epilogue; Bibliography.

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