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Hitler and the Germans

Eric Voegelin (author) Detlev Clemens (volume editor)
Brendan M. Purcell (volume editor)
Detlev Clemens (translation)
Brendan Purcell (Lecturer, Philosophy, University College, Dublin, Ireland)

ISBN: 9780826214669

Publication Date: Feb 2003

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Interpreting the Nazi era using the basic diagnostic tools provided by the philosophy of Plato and Aristotle, Judaeo-Christian culture, and contemporary German-language writers, this book provides an alternative approach to the topic of the individual German's entanglement with the Hitler regime.
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Between 1933 and 1938, Eric Voegelin published four books that expressly stated his opposition to the increasingly powerful Hitler regime. As a result, he was forced to leave his homeland in 1938. Twenty years later, he returned to Germany as a professor of political science at Ludwig-Maximilian University. Voegelin's homecoming allowed him the opportunity to voice once again his opinions on the Nazi regime and its aftermath. In 1964 at the University of Munich, Voegelin gave a series of memorable lectures on what he considered "the central German experiential problem" of his time: Adolf Hitler's rise to power, the reasons for it, and its consequences for post-Nazi Germany. For Voegelin, these questions demanded a scrutiny of the mentality of individual Germans and of the order of German society during and after the Nazi period. "Hitler and the Germans" offers Voegelin's most extensive and detailed critique of the Hitler era. Voegelin interprets this era in terms of the basic diagnostic tools provided by the philosophy of Plato and Aristotle, Judeo-Christian culture, and contemporary German-language writers like Heimito von Doderer, Karl Kraus, Thomas Mann and Robert Musil. His inquiry uncovers a historiography that was substantially unhistoric: a German Evangelical Church that misinterpreted the Gospel, a German Catholic Church that denied universal humanity, and a legal process enmeshed in criminal homicide.


[In Hitler and the Germans] the reader feels the academic hall come to life with Voegelin's eloquence and the profundity of his mind. Voegelin speaks with passion and deadly irony....Hitler and the Germans is not simply a scholarly historical analysis of an extremely unpleasant event. Voegelin writes as a philosophic German to philosophic Germans, because he takes them seriously....[He] has brilliantly illuminated the depths and meaning of that ideology and tyranny for our abiding benefit in thought and action. - Perspectives on Political Science
Pages 296
Date Published 28 Feb 2003
Publisher University of Missouri Press
Series Collected Works of Eric Voegelin
Series Part v. 31
Subject/s Western philosophy: Ancient, to c 500   European history   Cultural studies   Literary studies: from c 1900 -   Second World War   Fascism & Nazism  

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