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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Wolmarans, Frederik Gerhardus
URN etd-02272006-162616
Document Title Political leadership in Germany between 1921 and 1945 : linking charisma and totalitarianism
Degree MA (Political Science)
Department Political Sciences
Advisor Name Title
Mr J T Bekker Committee Chair
  • Hitler Adolf 1889-1945
  • Germany politics and government 1933-1845
  • fascism Germany
Date 2001-09-01
Availability unrestricted
The functioning and apparent successes of the political leadership in Nazi Germany, has for long presented political scientists with a very complex and seemingly ambiguous system to interpret and explain. This study addresses this very matter by firstly identifying the ideological environment within which it functioned as one in which an effective leader with effective leadership tactics was vital. Secondly, two factors are identified as key to the understanding and explanation of political leadership in the Third Reich. These factors are the 'Hitler myth' as a vibrant leadership cult that stood at the centre of Adolf Hitler's relationship with the German people and thus formed the base of Hitler's authority, and the 'Fahrer Prinzip' as expression of the totalitarian style of leadership present in the Nazi movement and the Nazi State, especially regarding the role of Hitler as Fahrer of the Nazi Party and later also of the Nazi State.

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Wolmarans, FG 2001, Political leadership in Germany between 1921 and 1945 : linking charisma and totalitarianism, MA dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-02272006-162616/ >


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