Hitler's Vienna

Hitler's Vienna : A Dictator's Apprenticeship

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Hitler's Vienna is the authoritative biography of Adolf Hitler's early life until his departure from Austria as a 24-year-old. It is also the cultural history of Vienna as Hitler encountered it during his formative years: the Vienna of immigrants, the unemployed, and the homeless, and also of German Nationalism and anti-Semitism. Brigitte Hamann examines for the first time the few accounts of eyewitnesses and the many legends of Hitler's early years, bringing to light newly discovered letters and facts about his close contact with Jewish friends and benefactors. She also analyses the influence of the politicians who determined Hitler's political path: Georg von Schonerer, the 'Fuhrer of the German people', the folk tribune and mayor Dr Karl Lueger, the German radical Karl Hermann Wolf, and the All-German Workersleader Franz Stein - all four full of hatred, and adversaries of the Jews and of international social democracy. No one has produced such an extensive and well-founded picture of the climate and milieu in which Hitler's character and ideas matured.
Hitler's Vienna demonstrates, using a wealth of individual examples, that central elements in Hitler's world-view were acquired during this formative period in Vienna.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 490 pages
  • 148 x 238 x 44mm | 879.98g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • halftones, line drawings, bibliography, index
  • 0195125371
  • 9780195125375

About Brigitte Hamann

Brigitte Hamann is a Ph.D. and specialist in 19th and 20th-century history, specifically of Austrian history. She is the author of many books in German, some of which have been translated into English, including The Reluctant Empress: A Biography of Empress Elisabeth of Austria and Bertha von Suttner. A Life for Peace.
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Table of contents

Preface; 1. From the Provinces to the Capital; Excursus: Hitler's Ancestors in Waldviertel; 2. The Vienna of the Modern Era; Excursus: The term Degenerate; 3. The Imperial City; Excursus: Days in March and the Heldenplatz; 4. In Parliament; 5. The Social Question; 6. As a Painter in the Men's Hostel; Excursus: Sources on the Men's Hostel; 7. Theoreticians of Race; 8. Political Role Models; 9. Czechs in Vienna; 10. Jews in Vienna; Excursus: Two Examples; 11. Young Hitler and Women; 12. Before the Great War; Selected Bibliography; Index
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fascinating and impressive George Steiner, TLS
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