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Believe and destroy : intellectuals in the SS war machine

Author: Christian Ingrao; Andrew Brown
Publisher: Cambridge : Polity, 2013.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"There were eighty of them. They were young, clever and cultivated; they were barely in their thirties when Adolf Hitler came to power. Their university studies in law, economics, linguistics, philosophy and history marked them out for brilliant careers. They chose to join the repressive bodies of the Third Reich, especially the Security Service (SD) and the Nazi Party's elite protection unit, the SS. They theorized  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Ingrao, Christian.
Believe and destroy.
Cambridge : Polity, 2013
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Christian Ingrao; Andrew Brown
OCLC Number: 887905762
Language Note: English, French.
Description: 1 electronic document (xiii, 399 pages))
Contents: Part I. The young men of Germany --
Part II. Joining the Nazis: a commitment --
Part III. Nazism and violence: the culmination, 1939-1945 --
Part I. The young men of Germany --
1. A 'world of enemies' (I) --
The outbreak of war --
The silence of the Akademiker --
The 'time of troubles': an experience of war? --
2. Constructing networks --
Places to study --
Places of association --
Networks of solidarity --
3. Activist intellectuals --
The construction of academic knowledge --
Knowledge and activism, 1919-1933 --
'Combative science' and SS intellectuals in the Third Reich --
The shadow of the Great War --
Part II. Joining the Nazis: a commitment --
4. Being a Nazi --
The foundations of the doctrine --
The origins of Nazi fervour: planning a sociobiological re-establishment --
The appropriation of a system of beliefs --
5. Entering the SD --
Whether to enter the Party or not? --
Towards the SD: Nazi careers --
Recruitment: a social mechanism of enlistment --
6. From struggle to control --
From the 'Security Department of the SS' (SD) to the 'Reich Security Main Office' (RSHA) --
A 'world of enemies' (II) --
Control --
Part III. Nazism and violence: the culmination, 1939-1945 --
7. Thinking the east, between utopia and anxiety --
The curse of Germanic isolation --
The Nazi project for a sociobiological re-establishment --
Redevelop and settle: forms of Nazi fervour --
8. Arguing for war: Nazi rhetoric --
From the reparative war to the 'great racial war' --
From the discourse of security to the discourse of genocide --
Expressing violence: defensive rhetorics, utopian rhetorics --
9. Violence in action --
The experience of violence --
Demonstrative violence, violence of eradication --
A transgressive violence --
Violence as rite of initiation --
10. SS intellectuals confronting defeat --
Defeat rendered unreal --
Finis Germaniae: the return of the old anxiety --
The denouement --
11. SS intellectuals on trial --
Strategies of negation --
Strategies of evasion --
Strategies of justifi cation: the Ohlendorf case --
Conclusion: memory of war, activism and genocide --
Afterword --
A piece of research and its context --
A specifi c conceptual framework.
Other Titles: Croire et détruire.
Intellectuals in the SS war machine
Responsibility: by Christian Ingrao : translated by Andrew Brown.

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