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Hindenburg: Power, Myth, and the Rise of the Nazis - Oxford Historical Monographs (Hardback)
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Hindenburg: Power, Myth, and the Rise of the Nazis - Oxford Historical Monographs (Hardback)

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Hindenburg: Power, Myth, and the Rise of the Nazis reveals how a previously little-known general, whose career to normal retirement age had provided no real foretaste of his heroic status, became a national icon and living myth in Germany after the First World War, capturing the imagination of millions. In a period characterized by rupture and fragmentation, the legend surrounding Paul von Hindenburg brought together a broad coalition of Germans and became one of the most potent forces in Weimar politics. Charting the origins of the myth, from Hindenburg's decisive victory at the Battle of Tannenberg in 1914 to his death in Nazi Germany and beyond, Anna von der Goltz explains why the presence of Hindenburg's name on the ballot mesmerized an overwhelming number of voters in the presidential elections of 1925. His myth-an ever-evolving phenomenon-increasingly transcended the dividing lines of interwar politics, which helped him secure re-election by left-wing and moderate voters. Indeed, the only two times in German history that the people could elect their head of state directly and secretly, they chose this national icon. Hindenburg even managed to defeat Adolf Hitler in 1932, making him the Nazi leader's final arbiter; it was he who made the final and fateful decision to appoint Hitler as Chancellor in January 1933.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199570324
Number of pages: 344
Weight: 653 g
Dimensions: 240 x 161 x 25 mm


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a crisply written, stimulating, and important work that deserves wide readership from historians of Weimar politics and consumer culture alike. * Eric Kurlander, The Historian *
Anna von der Goltz sets the stage brilliantly. * The Canada Post *
lucid study...Anna von der Goltz does an expert job in deconstructing the Hindenburg legend * David Cesarani, Literary Review *
This book...offers important new insights. It demonstrates like no previous study the dynamism and universal appeal of the Hindenburg myth as arguably the most important unifying factor of the Weimar Republic. * Gerd Krumeich, Suddeutsche Zeitung *
Impressive, innovative, convincing * Wolfgang Kruse, HsozKult *
This clear, well-written and thoughtful work is an excellent vindication of the thesis at its best... This is an important work that indicates the pernicious consequences of the First World War for Weimar politics. * Jeremy Black, History *
This is a profound study that will help any reader, German or not, better to understand this unique era in German history. * Contemporary Review *
Von der Goltz's compelling and multi-faceted study opens up many new perspectives on important themes in German history * Christian Bailey, English Historical Review *

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