Hitler and the Power of Aesthetics

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Hutchinson, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 488 pages
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Frederic Spotts, the distinguished author of Bayreuth, here develops a radical new interpretation of Hitler. Hitler's aim was the Aryan super-state, but it was to be expressed as much in Nazi art as in politics. Culture was not only the end, to which power should aspire, but the means of achieving it. This reassessment of Hitler's aims and motivations examines his perverse obsessions and shows how his artistry - expressed in spectacles, festivities, parades, rallies and political dramas, as well as in architecture, painting and music - destroyed any sense of individuality and linked the German people with his own drives. In a wide-ranging argument which covers topics as varied as Wagner's operas and the German Autobahn system, Spotts provides a key to the understanding of the Third Reich which has hitherto been missing in more straightforwardly political and military studies.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Former American diplomat and cultural historian Spotts takes seriously Adolf Hitler's claim that he made an art of politics and a work of art of the Nazi state."If I were to assess my work," Hitler ... Read full review

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While most people who have some knowledge of Hitler are aware of his pretensions to cultural mastery, what did this mean in practice? The answer according to Frederic Spotts is that Hitler's aesthetic ... Read full review


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About the author (2002)

Frederic Spotts is author of "Bayreuth: A History of the Wagner Festival," published by Yale University Press. His most recent book is "Hitler and the Power of Aesthetics." He lives in France.

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