Hitler versus Hindenburg

Hitler versus Hindenburg : The 1932 Presidential Elections and the End of the Weimar Republic

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Hitler versus Hindenburg provides the first in-depth study of the titanic struggle between the two most dominant figures on the German Right in the last year before the establishment of the Third Reich. Although Hindenburg was reelected as Reich president by a comfortable margin, his authority was severely weakened by the fact that the vast majority of those who had supported his candidacy seven years earlier had switched their support to Hitler in 1932. What the two candidates shared in common, however, was that they both relied upon charisma to legitimate their claim to the leadership of the German nation. The increasing reliance upon charisma in the 1932 presidential elections greatly accelerated the delegitimation of the Weimar Republic and set the stage for Hitler's appointment as chancellor nine months later.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 16 b/w illus.
  • 1139136895
  • 9781139136891

Table of contents

Prologue. Setting the stage; 1. Introducing the protagonists; 2. Hindenburg and the Bruning Gambit; 3. The road to Harzburg; 4. Parliamentary prelude; 5. Agonies of the national opposition; 6. The demise of Harzburg; 7. The Hindenburg offensive; 8. Disarray on the radical right; 9. Not one, but two elections; 10. End of the Bruning era; Epilogue. From Papen to Hitler.
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'Patient archival research, even-handedness, and attention to detail have characterized Larry Jones's scholarship, and this book is no exception.' Shelly Baranowski, The Journal of Modern History
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