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The Hitler Myth : Image and Reality in the Third Reich - Ian Kershaw

The Hitler Myth

Image and Reality in the Third Reich

Paperback Published: 27th September 2001
ISBN: 9780192802064
Number Of Pages: 320

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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.

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`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

Introduction 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' Tension War 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' Conclusion

ISBN: 9780192802064
ISBN-10: 0192802062
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 27th September 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.46 x 13.36  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 2

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Ian Kershaw

About the Author


Ian Kershaw is Professor of Modern history at the University of Sheffield. For services to history he was given the German award of the Federal Cross of Merit in 1994. he was knighted in 2002 and awarded the Norton Medlicott Medal by the Historical Association in 2004. He was historical advisor to three BBC series: The Nazis: A Warning From History, War of the Century and Auschwitz.

His most recent books are Hitler 1889-1936: Hubris and 1936-1945: Nemesis, which received the Wolfson Literary Award for History and the Bruno Kreisky Prize in Austria for the Political Book of the Year, and was joint winner of the inaugural British Academy Book Prize; Making Friends with Hitler: Lord Londonberry and Britain's Road to War, which won the Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography in 2005; and Fateful Choices: Ten Decisions that Changed the World, 1940-1941.

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