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Unformatted text preview: David Oscos HIS- 3522 March 6, 2008 Book Review: Germans into Nazis As the crowds swelled and clamored making their way through the government district, few could help but reminisce of the August 1914 celebrations which similarly held many promises and hopes for a brighter future in Germany. Still, even those who didn’t join in the celebrations couldn’t foresee the dreadful repercussions that were to await the fatherland. The August 1914 celebrations, though they will forever be in the hearts and minds of Germans as a time when the long awaited-for unification of their people finally came about, was only the extravagant precursor to a mistake fueled by nationalistic pride, while its reincarnation in January 1933 can be well described as the heavy grunts of a bull ready to charge at the unsuspecting victim that was the harmony and freedom of the world. Peter Fritzche, in Germans into Nazis, seeks to digress from common conclusions of National Som’s rise to prominence in Germany as both overly circumstantial and overly consensual. He dispels arguments that portray the shift to Nazism as both exceedingly accidental as most sympathizers would believe, but at the same time explains the extent to which the gradual change was brought upon the German people and their nation through forces out of their control. Firstly, Fritzche stresses that the myth of August 1914 be seen for what it was and was not as he attributes its endurance to revisionist historians championing pervasive and institutionalized illiberalism which would go on to lay strong foundations for unthinking nationalism nourished by authoritarian traditions, which in turn brought on the famous war enthusiasm and Hitler’s eventual takeover of Germany. Furthermore, the support for the war was not, as often portrayed, uniform throughout Germany. Those who did try to demonstrate against the war were widely suppressed, including by the police, leading to a general ignorance of these people by the media and consequently a gross exaggeration of the enthusiasm of the people in favor of the war. Much of the apparent enthusiasm shown, however, seemed to an extent the product of the newfound liberty the German people found during these celebrations as opposed to all other national celebrations in...
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This note was uploaded on 03/31/2008 for the course HIS 3522-0 taught by Professor Augustine during the Spring '08 term at St. Johns Duplicate.
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