Presentation

Hitler and the Uses of Humiliation: Solace through "Racial Struggle"

S KOEHNE

Published : 2015

Abstract

Paper delivered at 'Emotions and Memory' workshop, 13 November 2015. As we approach the centenary of the Nazi Party’s foundation (2019), it is easy to forget that the group began as an obscure organization. Indeed, the rise of the Nazi Party only makes sense in the context of Germany after WWI, including the pervasive sense that Germany had suffered an extraordinary humiliation and had been treated as a pariah state by the international community. This is well established, but what has not been fully considered is the way that Hitler used the emotions of this very recent and painful memory to promote and justify a radical racial ideology. Relying principally on Mein Kampf this paper argues t..

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