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Hitler versus Hindenburg
The 1932 Presidential Elections and the End of the Weimar Republic


  • Date Published: January 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107022614

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  • Hitler versus Hindenburg provides the first in-depth study of the titanic struggle between the two most dominant figures on the German Right in the last year before the establishment of the Third Reich. Although Hindenburg was reelected as Reich president by a comfortable margin, his authority was severely weakened by the fact that the vast majority of those who had supported his candidacy seven years earlier had switched their support to Hitler in 1932. What the two candidates shared in common, however, was that they both relied upon charisma to legitimate their claim to the leadership of the German nation. The increasing reliance upon charisma in the 1932 presidential elections greatly accelerated the delegitimation of the Weimar Republic and set the stage for Hitler's appointment as chancellor nine months later.

    • The first in-depth study of most critical events in the history of the late Weimar Republic that culminated in Hitler's appointment as chancellor
    • Uses primary research from one hundred and thirty archival collections and over thirty archives
    • Constitutes a major contribution to the existing body of historical literature on the Nazi assumption of power
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    'Patient archival research, even-handedness, and attention to detail have characterized Larry Jones's scholarship, and this book is no exception.' Shelly Baranowski, The Journal of Modern History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107022614
    • length: 425 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 159 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.74kg
    • contains: 16 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Prologue. Setting the stage
    1. Introducing the protagonists
    2. Hindenburg and the Brüning Gambit
    3. The road to Harzburg
    4. Parliamentary prelude
    5. Agonies of the national opposition
    6. The demise of Harzburg
    7. The Hindenburg offensive
    8. Disarray on the radical right
    9. Not one, but two elections
    10. End of the Brüning era
    Epilogue. From Papen to Hitler.

  • Author

    Larry Eugene Jones, Canisius College, New York
    Larry Eugene Jones is Professor of History at Canisius College, New York. After receiving his PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1970, he held a Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Bonn and a fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung Foundation at the University of the Ruhr in Bochum. His book, German Liberalism and the Dissolution of the Weimar Party System, 1919–1933 (1988), received a prize from the German Studies Association as the best book in history and political science over the preceding two years. He has since received major grants from the National Endowment of the Humanities, the National Humanities Center, the German Marshall Fund, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the American Philosophical Society, and the German Academic Exchange Service. He has edited and coedited a number of books, most recently The German Right in the Weimar Republic (2014).

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