Title: The "Hitler Myth": Image and Reality in the Third Reich | Author(s): Helen Roche | Publisher: Routledge | Year: 2017 | Language: English | Pages: 105 | ISBN: 9781912302697 | Size: 5 MB | Extension: pdf
Few historical problems are more baffling in retrospect than the conundrum of how Hitler was able to rise to power in Germany and then command the German people – many of whom had only marginal interest in or affiliation to Nazism – and the Nazi state. It took Ian Kershaw – author of the standard two-volume biography of Hitler – to provide a truly convincing solution to this problem. Kershaws model blends theory – notably Max Webers concept of ‘charismatic leadership’ – with new archival research into the development of the Hitler ‘cult’ from its origins in the 1920s to its collapse in the face of the harsh realities of the latter stages of World War II. Kershaw’s model also looks at dictatorship from an unusual angle: not from the top down, but from the bottom up, seeking to understand what ordinary Germans thought about their leader.
Kershaws broad approach is a problem-solving one. Most obviously, he actively interrogates his evidence, asking highly productive questions that lead him to fresh understandings and help generate solutions that are credibly rooted in the archives. Kershaw’s theories also have application elsewhere; the model set out in The ‘Hitler Myth’ has been used to analyse other charismatic leaders, including several from ideologically-opposed backgrounds.
Table of contents :
Ways in to the text Who was Ian Kershaw?
What does The "Hitler Myth" say?
Why does The "Hitler Myth matter?
Section 1: Influences Module
1: The Author and the Historical Context Module
2: Academic Context Module
3: The Problem Module
4: The Authors Contribution
Section 2: Ideas Module
5: Main Ideas Module
6: Secondary Ideas Module
7: Achievement Module
8: Place in the Authors Work
Section 3: Impact Module
9: The First Responses Module
10: The Evolving Debate Module
11: Impact and Influence Today Module
12: Where Next? Glossary of Terms People Mentioned in the Text Works Cited
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