The " Hitler Myth

The " Hitler Myth : Image and Reality in the Third Reich

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This study charts the creation, growth and decline of the "Hitler myth". The author demonstrates how the manufactured Fuehrer-cult formed a crucial integrating force in the Third Reich and a vital element in the attainment of Nazi political aims. Masters of the new techniques of propaganda, the Nazis are seen to have used propaganda to exploit and build on the beliefs, phobias and prejudices of the day. Their successful "deification" of the Fuehrer in a modern industrial state carries a far from comfortable message. Ian Kershaw is also the author of "Popular Opinion and Political Dissent in the Third Reich, Bavaria 1933-1945".show more

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  • Paperback | 309 pages
  • 127 x 193.04 x 22.86mm | 249.47g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192822349
  • 9780192822345

Table of contents

Part 1 The making of the "Hitler myth", 1920-1940: "Fuhrer of the coming Germany" - the Hitler image in the Weimar era; "symbol of the nation" - the propaganda profile of Hitler, 1933-1936; "Fuhrer without sin" - Hitler and the "little Hitlers"; the Fuhrer versus the radicals - Hitler's image and the "church struggle"; Hitler the statesman - war and peace in the balance. Part 2 The breaking of the "Hitler myth", 1940-1945: Blitzkrieg triumph - high peak of popularity, 1940-1941; the war turns sour - the "Hitler myth" starts to crumble; defeat and disaster - the "Hitler myth" collapses. Part 3 The "Hitler myth" and the path to genocide: Hitler's popular image and the "Jewish question".show more

About Ian Kershaw

About the Author Ian Kershaw is Professor of Modern History at the University of Nottingham and author of Popular Opinion and Political Dissent in the Third Reich, Bavaria more

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