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The death of democracy : Hitler's rise to power and the downfall of the Weimar Republic / Benjamin Carter Hett

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Covington Branch 943.086 H591d 2018 (Text) 33126022850154 New Adult Nonfiction Checked out 07/17/2018

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  • ISBN: 1250162505
  • ISBN: 9781250162502
  • Physical Description: xix, 280 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, New York : Henry Holt and Company, c2018.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-265) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Cast of characters -- Important political parties in the Weimar Republic -- August and November -- "Don't believe him, he's telling the truth" -- Blood May and the creeper -- The hunger chancellor -- State of emergency -- The bohemian private and the gentleman jockey -- Coordination -- "We have to get rid of him".
Summary, etc.:
"A riveting account of how the Nazi Party came to power and how the failures of the Weimar Republic and the shortsightedness of German politicians allowed it to happen. Why did democracy fall apart so quickly and completely in Germany in the 1930s? How did a democratic government allow Adolf Hitler to seize power? In [this book], Benjamin Carter Hett answers these questions, and the story he tells has disturbing resonances for our own time. To say that Hitler was elected is too simple. He would never have come to power if Germany's leading politicians had not responded to a spate of populist insurgencies by trying to co-opt him, a strategy that backed them into a corner from which the only way out was to bring the Nazis in. Hett lays bare the misguided confidence of conservative politicians who believed that Hitler and his followers would willingly support them, not recognizing that their efforts to use the Nazis actually played into Hitler's hands. They had willingly given him the tools to turn Germany into a vicious dictatorship. Benjamin Carter Hett is a leading scholar of twentieth-century Germany and a gifted storyteller whose portraits of these feckless politicians show how fragile democracy can be when those in power do not respect it. He offers a powerful lesson for today, when democracy once again finds itself embattled and the siren song of strongmen sounds ever louder."--Dust jacket.
Subject: Hitler, Adolf, 1889-1945.
Hindenburg, Paul von, 1847-1934.
Germany > Politics and government > 1918-1933.
Germany > Politics and government > 1933-1945.
Germany > Social conditions > 1918-1933.
Germany > Social conditions > 1933-1945.
Democracy > Germany > History.
Political leadership > Germany > History.
National socialism > Germany.
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