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The Arts of Leadership$
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Keith Grint

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199244898

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199244898.001.0001

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Adolf Hitler: The Political Emotionasaurus Rex

Adolf Hitler: The Political Emotionasaurus Rex

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(p.289) 8 Adolf Hitler: The Political Emotionasaurus Rex
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The Arts of Leadership
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KEITH KEITH

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199244898.003.0008

This chapter's focus is on Adolf Hitler, as well as his Aryan race, who did more than anyone else to bring the twentieth century to its knees through mass destruction and genocide. It notes that the irony of Hitler's leadership is that mass voluntarism, not just systemic coercion, and freedom of choice, not just the limits of choice, lie deeply buried within the Nazi system. It examines the Weimar Republic and the Versailles Treaty and the National Socialist Worker's Party. It also talks about Hitler's expansion through Poland and the war against the Jews that began when von Rath, a German diplomat, was murdered by Herschel Grynszpan, a Polish Jew expelled by the Nazis. It explores the war in Europe, the Soviet Union, and the war in Germany.

Keywords:   Adolf Hitler, Nazis, Jews, Poland, Germany, Aryan race, Weimar Republic, Versailles Treaty, National Socialist Worker's Party

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