Few, if any, twentieth-century political leaders have enjoyed greater popularity among their own people than Hitler did in the decade or so following his rise to power in 1933. The personality of Hitler himself, however, can scarcely explain this immense popularity or his political effectiveness in the 1930s and '40s. His hold over the German people lay rather in the hopes and perceptions of the millions who adored him.
Based largely on the reports of government officials, party agencies, and political opponents, Ian Kershaw's groundbreaking study charts the creation, growth, and decline of the "Hitler myth." He demonstrates how the manufactured "Fuhrer-cult" served as a crucial integrating force within the Third Reich and a vital element in the attainment of Nazi political aims. Masters of the new techniques of propaganda, the Nazis used "image-building" to exploit the beliefs, phobias, and prejudices of the day. Kershaw greatly enhances our understanding of the German people's attitudes and behavior under Nazi rule and the psychology behind their adulation of Hitler.
`Review from previous edition a book which should be read by everyone interested in the history of 20th-century Europe ... perhaps the most revealing study available of popular opinion in Nazi Germany
Times Higher Education Supplement
The Making of the 'Hitler Myth', 1920-19401: 'Fuhrer of the Coming Germany': The Hitler Image in the Weimar Era
2: 'Symbol of the Nation': The Propaganda Profile of Hitler, 1933-1936
3: 'Fuhrer without Sin': Hitler and the 'Little Hitlers'
'The Fuhrer restores Order': 'The Night of the Long Knives', 30 June 1934
The 'Little Hitlers': The Image of the Local Party Bosses
4: The Fuhrer versus the Radicals: Hitler's Image and the 'Church Struggle'
5: Hitler the Statesman: War and Peace in the Balance
'Triumph without Bloddshed'
Part Two: The Breaking of the 'Hitler Myth', 1940-19456: Blitzkrieg Triumph: High Peak of Popularity, 1940-1941
7: The War turns Sour: The 'Hitler Myth' starts to crumble
8: Defeat and Disaster: The 'Hitler Myth' collapses
Part Three: The 'Hitler Myth' and the Path to Genecide9: Hitler's popular Image and the 'Jewish Question'
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 27th September 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.46 x 13.36
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 2