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Fascist and Liberal Visions of WarFuller, Liddell Hart, Douhet, and Other Modernists$
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Azar Gat

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198207153

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207153.001.0001

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German Right-Wing Radicalism, Strategic Adventurism, and Mechanized Warfare

German Right-Wing Radicalism, Strategic Adventurism, and Mechanized Warfare

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(p.80) 4 German Right-Wing Radicalism, Strategic Adventurism, and Mechanized Warfare
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Fascist and Liberal Visions of War
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Azar Gat

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207153.003.0004

German fascism is inevitably marked by Nazism which had created a great impact across the modern German, Western, and the world history. However the Nationalist Socialist party and its leader, Adolf Hitler only became significant political forces in the beginning of the 1930s. Their emergence to power only came about when a complex circumstance catapulted them into power hence paving an excuse where they can exhibit their gruesomeness in a grand scale manner. This chapter discusses the emergence of German right-wing radicalism which took shape in the late nineteenth century in the wake of Germany's industrialization. This chapter focuses on Adolf Hitler's regime and its attitude towards modernist fascism. Of all fascist movements, Hitler's regime was the least modern. Hitler suppressed the most radical and avant-garde elements of his movements after assuming power. On the other hand, Hitler and his regime exalted the most spectacular and dynamic products of technology. They associated themselves with and made extensive use of aircraft and fast car. Nazism and the orientation of the right-wing radicals within the armed forces redirected German rearmament towards modern means of war, revolutionary doctrines, and radical operational schemes.

Keywords:   German fascism, Nazism, Adolf Hitler, right-wing radicalism, technology, aircraft, fast car, armed forces, German rearmament, war

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