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Are you familiar with the book "Behemoth" by Franz Neumann?

I just took it out of the library, but haven't started it yet. As far as I can tell from online references he attempts to analyze the rise of the Nazis from the period of the Weimar Republic onward. Much of his writing is about legal frameworks for societies and the role of the separation of powers.

Many other books I've read have looked at the period from economic and nationalistic points of view. Certainly the extreme economic dislocation after WWI was unique for an advanced industrial society.

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by rdf (robert.feinman@gmail.com) on Fri Sep 1st, 2006 at 12:29:29 PM EST
A book that takes a cultural perspective, starting in the late 19th century, is "The Politics of Cultural Despair" by Fritz R. Stern. I read it many years ago and felt that I'd learnt something. What could be described as "cultural despair" has been prominent in certain parts of U.S. politics for some time now.

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by technopolitical on Fri Sep 1st, 2006 at 05:11:06 PM EST
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Yes, I am familiar with it. "Behemoth" was written during World War 2 and is one of the first analytical works on Nazi-Germany.

If I may recommend you another great book of this early era, I would like to point your attention to Ernst Fraenkel's "The Dual State" "Der Doppelstaat".

Also worth reading is Hannah Arendt's great Origins of Totalitarianism

One last recommendation: Deborah Lipstadt published her account of her trial against Holocaust denier David Irvin in the great book:

"History on Trial: My Day in Court With David Irving," by Deborah E. Lipstadt (Echo, 2005) $25.95.

It contains the expert statements on the origins and the dynamics of the Holocaust, by i.e. Peter Longerich and is a fascinating book. For more on the book, go to her blog

by jandsm on Sat Sep 2nd, 2006 at 06:19:04 AM EST
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