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From Weimar to Hitler: Studies in the Dissolution of the Weimar Republic and the Establishment of the Third Reich, 1932-1934

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From Weimar to Hitler

Studies in the Dissolution of the Weimar Republic and the Establishment of the Third Reich, 1932-1934

Edited by Hermann Beck and Larry Eugene Jones

508 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-917-2 $179.00/£132.00 Hb Published (November 2018)

ISBN  978-1-78920-848-1 $29.95/£23.95 Pb Published (December 2020)

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“The editors have brought together a dozen contributions that are concise as well as gratifyingly homogenous and succeed in offering various corrections to a fairly well-known historical terrain.” • Historische Zeitschrift

The issues that the volume raises are not new…However, the essays offer valuable new perspectives on longstanding questions. The editors have written very helpful introductory and concluding essays which both provide an overview as well as suggesting future avenues of historical inquiry…This review cannot do justice to the high level of research and analysis which characterizes the scholarship in this volume. The essays provide an outstanding overview of new scholarship on the Nazi seizure of power and the early years of the Nazi dictatorship. From Weimar to Hitler should be of great interest to any scholar working in the field of modern German history.” • German History

“This excellent, accessible volume will be of great interest to scholars and informed readers looking to gain new insight into the topic of Hitler’s seizure and consolidation of power.” • Barry Jackisch, University of Saint Francis


Though often depicted as a rapid political transformation, the Nazi seizure of power was in fact a process that extended from the appointment of the Papen cabinet in the early summer of 1932 through the Röhm blood purge two years later. Across fourteen rigorous and carefully researched chapters, From Weimar to Hitler offers a compelling collective investigation of this critical period in modern German history. Each case study presents new empirical research on the crisis of Weimar democracy, the establishment of the Nazi dictatorship, and Hitler’s consolidation of power. Together, they provide multiple perspectives on the extent to which the triumph of Nazism was historically predetermined or the product of human miscalculation and intent.

Hermann Beck is Professor of History at the University of Miami. He is the author of Conservatives, Bureaucracy, and the Social Question in Prussia, 1815-1870 (1995), and The Fateful Alliance: German Conservatives and Nazis in 1933 (2008).

Larry Eugene Jones is Professor of Modern European History at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. He is the author of German Liberalism and the Dissolution of the Weimar Party System, 1918-1933 (1988), and Hitler versus Hindenburg (2015).

Subject: History: 20th Century to Present
Area: Germany


Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations

Introduction: The Nazi Seizure of Power in Historical and Historiographical Perspective
Hermann Beck and Larry Eugene Jones

Chapter 1. Taming the Nazi Beast: Kurt von Schleicher and the End of the Weimar Republic
Larry Eugene Jones

Chapter 2. Ausnahmezustand, Staatsnotstandsplan, and Ermächtigungsgesetz: Reappraising Carl Schmitt’s Political Constitutionalism and the Demise of Weimar
Joseph W. Bendersky

Chapter 3. Ludwig Kaas and the End of the German Center Party
Martin Menke

Chapter 4. The Nazi Seizure of Power in Bavaria and the Demise of the Bavarian People’s Party
Winfried Becker

Chapter 5. German Big Business and the Nazi Revolution, 1933–34
Peter Hayes

Chapter 6. Violence against ‘Ostjuden’ in the Spring of 1933 and the Reaction of German Authorities
Hermann Beck

Chapter 7. The SA in the Gleichschaltung: The Context of Power and Violence
Bruce B. Campbell

Chapter 8. Nationalist Socialism against National Socialism?: Perceptions of Nazism and Anti-Nazi Strategies in the Circle of the Neue Blätter für den Sozialismus, 1930–34
Stefan Vogt

Chapter 9. Nationalism, Socialism, and Organized Labor’s Response to the Dissolution of the Weimar Republic
William L. Patch, Jr.

Chapter 10. From Collegiality to the Führerprinzip: The 1933 Introduction of the Episcopacy in the Hamburg Landeskirche
Rainer Hering

Chapter 11. Friedrich von Bodelschwingh and the Protestant Appeasement of the Nazi Regime, 1933–34
Edward Snyder

Chapter 12. In Search of Allies: Catholic Conservatives, the Alliance of Catholic Germans, and the Nazi Regime, 1933–34
Larry Eugene Jones and Kevin P. Spicer

Chapter 13. German Youth between Euphoria and Resistance: Political Coercion and the Coordination of German Youth
André Postert

Chapter 14. “German Youth, Your Leader!”: How National Socialism Entered Elementary Schools in 1933
Katharine Kennedy

Conclusion: Reaffirming the Value of Political History
Hermann Beck and Larry Eugene Jones


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