This book presents an insightful account of the academic politics of the Nazi era and analyzes the work of selected linguists, including Jos Trier and Leo Weisgerber. Hutton situates Nazi linguistics within the politics of Hitler's state and within the history of modern linguistics.
1. Whose history? -- 2. The defence of cultural diversity -- 3. Academic politics -- 4. Etymology as collective therapy: Jost Trier's leap of faith -- 5. The strange case of Sonderfuhrer Weisgerber -- 6. 'A complicated young man with a complicated fate, in a complicated time': Heinz Kloss and the ethnic missionaries of the Third Reich -- 7. Yiddish linguistics and National Socialism -- 8. Vitalist linguistics, linguistics as theosophy and characterology -- 9. Linguistics, race and the horror of assimilation.
Published: 5th November 1998