Franklin

Hitler's monsters : a supernatural history of the Third Reich / Eric Kurlander.

Author/Creator:
Kurlander, Eric, 1973- author.
Publication:
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2017]
Format/Description:
Book
xxii, 422 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Subjects:
Germany -- Politics and government -- 1933-1945.
Supernatural -- Political aspects -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
Occultism -- Political aspects -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
Paganism -- Political aspects -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
Superstition -- Political aspects -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
National socialism and occultism -- History.
Religion and politics -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
Political culture -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
Popular culture -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
Germany -- Social conditions -- 1933-1945.
Summary:
"The definitive history of the supernatural in Nazi Germany, exploring the occult ideas, esoteric sciences, and pagan religions touted by the Third Reich in the service of power. The Nazi fascination with the occult is legendary, yet today it is often dismissed as Himmler's personal obsession or wildly overstated for its novelty. Preposterous though it was, however, supernatural thinking was inextricable from the Nazi project. The regime enlisted astrology and the paranormal, paganism, Indo-Aryan mythology, witchcraft, miracle weapons, and the lost kingdom of Atlantis in reimagining German politics and society and recasting German science and religion. In this eye-opening history, Eric Kurlander reveals how the Third Reich's relationship to the supernatural was far from straightforward. Even as popular occultism and superstition were intermittently rooted out, suppressed, and outlawed, the Nazis drew upon a wide variety of occult practices and esoteric sciences to gain power, shape propaganda and policy, and pursue their dreams of racial utopia and empire"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
The Supernatural Roots of Nazism : Ario-Germanic Religion, Border Science, and the Austro-German Occult Revival, 1889-1914
From the Thule Society to the NSDAP : Fashioning the Nazi Supernatural Imaginary, 1912-24
Exploiting Hitler's Magic : From Weimar's Horrors to Visions of the Third Reich
The Third Reich's War on the Occult : Anti-Occultism, Hitler's Magicians' Controversy, and the Hess Action
The Stars Come Down to Frozen Earth : Border Science in the Third Reich
Lucifer's Court : Ario-Germanic Paganism, Indo-Aryan Spirituality, and the Nazi Search for Alternative Religions
The Supernatural and the Second World War : Folklore and Border Science in Foreign Policy, Propaganda, and Military Operations
Monstrous Science : Racial Resettlement, Human Experiments, and the Holocaust
Nazi Twilight : Miracle Weapons, Supernatural Partisans, and the Collapse of the Third Reich.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
9780300189452
0300189451
OCLC:
961310003
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