Catholicism and the Roots of Nazism: Religious Identity and National Socialism

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OUP USA, Dec 24, 2009 - Political Science - 305 pages
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Derek Hastings here illuminates an important and largely overlooked aspect of early Nazi history, going back to the years after World War I--when National Socialism first emerged--to reveal its close early ties with Catholicism. Although an antagonistic relationship between the Catholic Church and Hitler's regime developed later during the Third Reich, the early Nazi movement was born in Munich, a city whose population was overwhelmingly Catholic. Focusing on Munich and the surrounding area, Hastings shows how Catholics played a central and hitherto overlooked role in the Nazi movement before the 1923 Beerhall Putsch. He examines the activism of individual Catholic writers, university students, and priests and the striking Catholic-oriented appeals and imagery formulated by the movement. He then discusses why the Nazis embarked on a different path following the party's reconstitution in early 1925, ultimately taking on an increasingly anti-Catholic and anti-Christian identity.

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The author challenges the popular perception that Naziism was always anti-Catholic, and in fact traces the roots of it back to Catholocism, especially centered in Munich in the early 20s. In spite of ... Read full review

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Derek Hastings is Assistant Professor of History at Oakland University.

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