Outline Lecture Five--W W II and the Banality of Evil

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Outline Lecture Five—World War II and the Banality of Evil I) Germany in the Inter-war Years a) The Legacy of Versailles and the Weimar Republic i) Problematic Weimar Constitution (1) Article 48 b) Policy Adjustments for Domestic Stability and Economic Recovery i) 1924 Dawes Plan ii) 1925 Locarno Treaty iii) 1928 Kellogg-Briand Pact c) Hitler’s Entry into German Politics i) The Platform of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (1) “Anschluss” (2) Solidify its power base among lower middle-class ii) 1923 Beer Hall Putsch in Munich II) Hitler’s Extortion of Power a) Ideology of Race i) Social Darwinism applied to race ii) Preservation of German racial “exceptionalism” (1) Three categories of humanity (2) No miscegenation—maintain genetic purity (3) Nazi campaigns to increase fertility iii) Policy towards the Mischlinge b) Myth-making through Propaganda i) “Volk” philosophy (1) Appeal to the lowest common denominator ii) Leader as Psychologist/Agitator (1) “Weed out” weak-willed liberals
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