Inhumanities Nazi Interpretations of Western Culture

ISBN-10: 1107020492
ISBN-13: 9781107020498
Edition: 2012
Authors: David B. Dennis
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/20/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 553
Size: 6.50" wide x 10.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.464
Language: English

Inhumanities is an unprecedented account of the ways Nazi Germany manipulated and mobilized European literature, philosophy, painting, sculpture, and music in support of its ideological ends. David B. Dennis shows how, based on belief that the Third Reich represented the culmination of Western Civilization, culture became a key propaganda tool in the regime's program of national renewal and its campaign against political, national, and racial enemies. Focusing on the daily output of the Völkischer Beobachter, the party's official organ and the most widely-circulating German newspaper of the day, he reveals how activists twisted history, biography, and aesthetics to fit Nazism's authoritarian, militaristic, and anti-Semitic worldviews. Ranging from National Socialist coverage of Germans such as Luther, Dürer, Goethe, Beethoven, Wagner, and Nietzsche to 'great men of the Nordic West' such as Socrates, Leonardo, and Michelangelo, he reveals the true extent of the regime's ambitious attempt to reshape the 'German mind'.

Introduction
Foundations of Nazi Cultural History
The 'Germanic' origins of western culture
Voxvolkish
The western tradition as political and patriotic
The western tradition as anti-Semitic
The archenemy incarnate
Blind to the Light
Classicism romanticized
Intolerance toward enlightenment
Forging steel romanticism
Romantic music as 'our greatest legacy'
Modern Dilemmas
Realist paradox and expressionist confusion
Nordic existentialists and volkish founders
Music after Wagner
'Holy' War and Weimar 'Crisis'
Heralds of the front experience
Weimar culture wars i: defending German spirit from 'circumcision'
Weimar culture wars ii: combating 'degeneracy'
Nazi 'Solutions'
'Honour your German masters'
The Nazi 'Renaissance'
Kultur at war
Conclusion

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