Why Hitler Came into Power

ISBN-10: 0674952006

ISBN-13: 9780674952003

Edition: 1938

Authors: Theodore Abel, Thomas Childers

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In 1934 Theodore Abel went to Germany and offered a prize, under the auspices of Columbia University, for autobiographies of members of the National Socialist movement. The six hundred essays he received constitute the single best source on grassroots opinion within the Nazi Party, and they form the empirical foundation for Abel's fascinating yet curiously neglected 1938 book. Although a number of scholars have drawn on these reports, Abel's own treatment has never been surpassed. Of particular value is his presentation of the life histories of a worker, a soldier, an anti-Semite, a middle-class youth, a farmer, and a bank clerk, all of whom explain in their own words why they joined the NSDAP. In the vast literature on National Socialism, no more useful or revealing testimony exists. In a new Foreword, Thomas Childers discusses how the past half-century of research and writing on Nazi Germany has uphold Abel's original insights into the broad appeal of the National Socialist movement, thereby reaffirming this work's enduring value for students of the topic.
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Book details

List price: $36.00
Copyright year: 1938
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 10/8/1986
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Thomas Childers is associate professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania.

Foreword, 1986 by Thomas Childers
Who Wrote the Life Histories?
General Comments
The Background of the Hitler Movement
The Revolution of 1918
Reaction to the Revolution
The Versailles Treaty War
Prisoners and Occupation
Counter-Revolution Military organizations
Semi-military organizations Political groups
The First Period: 1919-1923
Origin of the Movement
Hitler Becomes the Leader
The Hitler Putsch
The Second Period: 1924-1929
After the Putsch Organization
Significance of the local group Propaganda Finances
The Third Period: 1930-1933
Opposition Conflict Victory
Discontent As a Factor
The Drawing Power of National Socialist Meetings
The Basis of Discontent Opposition to Other
Panics Ideology As a Factor
The Idea of Gemeinschaft National Socialism
The Principle of Leadership Anti-Semitism
The Why of the Hitler Movement
The Function of Discontent
The Functions of Ideology
The Function of Tactics and Strategy
The Function of Charismatic Leadership
Conclusion Critique of Other Interpretations
The psychoanalytical interpretation
The Marxist interpretation
Selected Life Histories
Six Life Histories Introduction
The Story of a Worker
The Story of an Anti-Semite
The Story of a Soldier
The Story of a Middle-Class Youth
The Story of a Bank Clerk
The Story of a Farmer
Chronology of the Hitler Movement
Statistics The Growth of the Movement
Number of members in the National Socialist party
Number of supporters in elections General Statistical Data
Geographical distribution Education
Religion and marital status
History of employment (1919-32)
Military activities
Membership in organizations before joining the National Socialist party
Miscellaneous data
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