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How could such an unprepossessing figure as Adolf Hitler gain control of the machinery of a complex modern state? Why -- contrary to all expectations -- was his authority not curtailed by the traditional ruling classes and constitutional constraints? This innovative study of Hitler's political life addresses these problems by focusing directly upon the nature and mechanics, the character and exercise of Hitler's dictatorial power. This is a powerful piece of analysis that belies its relatively modest dimensions. It will be invaluable to students and teachers of German and world history, and politics, as well as the interested general reader.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 269g
  • Harlow, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 058255277X
  • 9780582552777

Table of contents

Introduction: Hitler's Power an Enigma. 1. Power of the Idea. 2. Getting Power. 3. Repression and Power. 4. Plebiscitary Power. 5. Expansion of Power. 6. Absolute Power. 7. Hubris of Power. Further Reading. Chronology. Index.
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'...this short book ought to be read by everybody with any interest, whether general or specialized, in Hitler and the Third Reich.' History
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