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The Social Bases of Nazism, 1919–1933

The Social Bases of Nazism, 1919–1933


Part of New Studies in Economic and Social History

  • Date Published: August 2003
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521003728

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  • This latest addition to the New Studies in Economic and Social History series sheds fascinating light on an essential aspect of the history of Nazism. The social background of the supporters of Nazism has been the subject of intense debate since the early 1930s. Was the Nazi party a predominantly middle-class party or a people's party? Detlef Mühlberger provides a comprehensive summary of the answer to this question, based on extensive sociological and psephological evidence. The data support the claim made by the Nazis in the 1920s and early 1930s that their party was a Volkspartei able to mobilise support from all sections of German society. Lucidly written and clearly illustrated with numerous tables, this book will be essential reading for all those interested in modern German history.

    • The only up-to-date and comprehensive account in English of the social bases of Nazism
    • Deals with both the membership and electorate of the Nazi movement
    • Essential empirical data summarised in numerous tables
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… a thoughtful and thorough summary of recent work on the important question of the socio-economic bases of Nazi support during the Weimar Republic. With exemplary economy, Muhlberger guides the reader through the methodological pitfalls that are too often overlooked …' German Politics

    'The book provides an excellent starting point for new projects, and it will be an indispensable guide to the historiography of the subject.' Tim Kirk, History

    'Mühlberger's convenient introduction to the social profile of Nazism will interest all who want to understand the Nazi phenomenon.' The European Legacy

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521003728
    • length: 112 pages
    • dimensions: 217 x 138 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.165kg
    • contains: 4 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Historiographic survey
    3. Methodological problems
    4. The social characteristics of the Nazi party in its formative years, 1919–1923
    5. The social characteristics of the membership and leadership of the Nazi party, 1925–1933
    6. The social characteristics of the membership and leadership of Nazi specialist organisations
    7. The social geometry of the Nazi electorate, 1928–1933
    8. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Detlef Mühlberger, Oxford Brookes University
    Detlef Mühlberger is a Lecturer in Modern European History at Oxford Brookes University.

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