"Hitler: A Study in Tyranny" Analytical Essay by Research Group

"Hitler: A Study in Tyranny"
A review of the book "Hitler: A Study in Tyranny" by Alan Bullock.
# 27968 | 1,258 words | 1 source | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Jun 19, 2003 in English (Analysis) , History (European - World Wars) , Holocaust Studies (General)

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This paper offers a review and summary of this book which is an analysis of the complex personality of Adolph Hitler. It looks at the way in which Hitler managed to use the perfect opportunities available to him to rise to power within a few years in Germany. It questions why and how he was able to gain so much support and glory from the people, and how, through Hitler's personality and charisma, he rose to heights he never expected.

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"Was Hitler an evil genius? Was he truly the one and only person whose quest for power brought on World War II, and the slaughter of millions on the battlefields and in concentration camps and in bombed-out cities? The answer has to be No! Despite the fact that he lusted for power, that he even described in "Mein Kampf" what he had hoped to accomplish, he was merely the right person at the right time, in the right place. It might well have been some other charismatic leader who was determine to avenge what he conceived to be the "wrongs" done Germany at the end of World War I. What Hitler was able to accomplish in his early years -- meaning the Nineteen Twenties, was to take advantage of the German mood, and the unhappiness of the German army, now in disarray. He was also able to take full advantage of internal strife among the various German states, Bavaria, especially. This seems somehow strange, since Bavaria was a Catholic state. Yet, Hitler and some of his comrades craftily brought out the Communist threat (something that he continued until the very end). There had been a number of attempted Communist uprisings that had been suppressed. But, while politics were only one of his causes, he made the most of Germany's economic plight- high unemployment, inflation, and a general unhappiness and malaise that spread through the entire country. In one of his early speeches he said: ?Until the present day, the half-hearted and lukewarm have remained the curse of Germany "For liberation, something more is needed than an economic policy" (p.95)."

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