Understanding Nazi Ideology

The Genesis and Impact of a Political Faith

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Carl Müller Frøland
John Irons
  • Jefferson, NC: 
    McFarland Books
    , March
     348 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Matthias Eder forthcoming.


Nazism was deeply rooted in German culture. From the fertile soil of German Romanticism sprang ideas of great significance for the genesis of the Third Reich ideology—notions of the individual as a mere part of the national collective, and of life as a ceaseless struggle between opposing forces.

This book traces the origins of the “political religion” of Nazism. Ultra-nationalism and totalitarianism, racial theory and anti–Semitism, nature mysticism and occultism, eugenics and social Darwinism, adoration of the Führer and glorification of violence—all are explored. The book also depicts the dramatic development of the Nazi movement—and the explosive impact of its political faith, racing from its bloody birth in the trenches of World War I to its cataclysmic climax in the Holocaust and World War II.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Carl Müller Frøland holds an MA in intellectual history from the University of Oslo and is working on a PhD dealing with religious and secular aspects of the Nazi worldview. He lives in Oslo, Norway.

John Irons holds a PhD in literature from Cambridge University and has translated more than one hundred books from various European languages into English. He lives in Svendborg, Denmark.


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