Nov 3 Lecture Race struggle as the motor of history Aryans v. subhumans Indoeuropeans super race Jews, gypsies, blacks, homosexuals, etc. Liked to cite Darwinism survival of the fittest although unrelated The leadership principle Willpower of the leader and subordination to the leader 3 reasons why this theory achieved political supremacy in Germany: 1. Institutionalization of the party (Nazi) SA storm troopers v. SS protective corps SA: brown uniforms after war, beat up communists on the streets Gang like SS: black uniforms, individually selected to be devoted to Hitler and Nazism SS in charge of SA, hierarchal structure with centralized power 2. Collapse of existing institutions of Weimar Germany (1918 revolution, Versailles Treaty, Great Depression) Nazism would merely be marginal unless the pre-existing institutions collapsed Vote for Nazi party increased from 2-3% to 18% after Depression hit Parliament proved to be ineffective Nazi and German communist party 3. Cultural soil of authoritarian capitalism Must obtain supporters at roots Hitler did succeed with every class of society Peasants and working class and aristocrats alike Soil was hating Jews, became widespread Hatred of Jew was demonstrated in all aspects of society Schooling, etc. Hitler?s explanation of Great Depression merely seemed to make more sense than all the other complicated ideas 1932, Nazi party seemed to be falling 1933, Hitler put in power as a clown and they would control him to fight off communism Quickly began to destroy German democracy 1934, all other parties destroyed or forced to conform Hitler also kills many SA and replaces them with SS as core of the Aryans Takes from theoretical stage to political stage Socioeconomic theory was war to subordinate economy to Nazi greatness
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