Hitler's Weltanschauung : A blueprint for power by Eberhard Jackel ; Translated from the German by Herbert Arnold
Middletown, Ct. : Wesleyan University Press, 1972. First Edition. Hardcover. 140 pages ; 22 cm. $8.00 dust jacket with minimal wear. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is firm.
"A highly intelligent and very valuable book by one of the ablest writers on Nazism in Germany. Hitler's Weltanschauung — the intellectual system which was the dynamic force of his career — is too often omitted from the history of his movement. Dr. Jackel has reconstructed it with great skill and scholarship. His book fills a serious gap: it shows us the human motor which drove that otherwise inexplicable machine of brutal conquest and extermination." — H. R. TREVOR-ROPER
This compact and brilliantly clear study of Adolf Hitler's social and political thought convincingly demonstrates that the Fiihrer was far from being an inconsistent madman or a cynical opportunist. Instead, as Dr. Jackel shows, he early developed a consistent and (given its premises) logical worldview; he proclaimed it plainly enough though not in one definitive statement, and he applied its precepts both during his rise to power and afterward. The policies of Nazi Germany were the inevitable and terrible result.
No one before Dr. Jackel has given to Hitler's ideas such systematic, analytic study. Yet the sources are generally available: Hitler's Mein Kampf and Secret Book; his speeches; his statements in the Party press; pertinent documents in German archives. Here is Hitler's thought in its different spheres, developing in a comprehensible logic of its own. The mind behind that thought is repellent, but it is a mind that we can understand.
Dr. Jacket's revisionist thrust and keen analysis give his work importance for all modern historians, not alone for specialists in Nazi studies. In its originality, clarity, and conciseness, it may well become a classic in its field.
EBERHARD JACKEL is professor of modern history at the University of Stuttgart and has published many previous studies in twentieth-century history. HERBERT ARNOLD, associate professor at Wesleyan, had the author's full cooperation in preparing this translation.
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