Weimar Radicals: Nazis and Communists between Authenticity and Performance

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Berghahn Books, Apr 30, 2009 - History - 225 pages
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Exploring the gray zone of infiltration and subversion in which the Nazi and Communist parties sought to influence and undermine each other, this book offers a fresh perspective on the relationship between two defining ideologies of the twentieth century. The struggle between Fascism and Communism is situated within a broader conversation among right- and left-wing publicists, across the Youth Movement and in the "National Bolshevik" scene, thus revealing the existence of a discourse on revolutionary legitimacy fought according to a set of common assumptions about the qualities of the ideal revolutionary. Highlighting the importance of a masculine-militarist politics of youth revolt operative in both Marxist and anti-Marxist guises, Weimar Radicals forces us to re-think the fateful relationship between the two great ideological competitors of the Weimar Republic, while offering a challenging new interpretation of the distinctive radicalism of the interwar era.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 The Revolt of the Masses
1
Chapter 2 Faces of Social Militarism in the Weimar Republic
15
Chapter 3 National Socialism and its Discontents
43
Chapter 4 German Communism and the Fascist Challenge
83
Chapter 5 Between Gleichschaltung and Revolution
121
Conclusion
149
Notes
153
Bibliography
190
Index
209
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Timothy Scott Brown is Professor of History at Northeastern University and the author of West Germany and the Global Sixties: The Anti-Authoritarian Revolt, 1962–1978 (Cambridge 2013, 2015). He is the co-editor (with Andrew Lison) of The Global Sixties in Sound and Vision: Media, Counterculture, Revolt (Palgrave 2014), and (with Lorena Anton) of Between the Avant-Garde and the Everyday: Subversive Politics in Europe from 1957 to the Present (Berghahn 2011).

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