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Nazis, Capitalism and the Working Class, The [Paperback]

Donny Gluckstein
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26 July 2012
The rise of the of the Third Reich remains one of the most widely debated and discussed events of the twentieth century. Gluckstein sets out to place Nazism in the context of the economic crisis and the failed workers' revolution, seeking to draw lessons for those interested in preventing fascism's return.

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  • Paperback: 275 pages
  • Publisher: HAYMARKET BOOKS; Reprint edition (26 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608461378
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608461370
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 13.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 548,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book 12 Feb 2005
By PeteW
If you are looking for a book on Che Guevara that is well-balanced and well written then this is it.
My interest in Che Guevara was sparked by watching 'The Motorcycle Diaries' at the cinema, but it left me thinking.. so then how did he get to be a global symbol of revolution? Then I saw 'Thirteen Days' on the Cuban Missile crisis and read somewhere that Guevara was in favour of a nuclear showdown with the US. I wanted to know more - so bought this book.
At first I suspected that the book was going to give a glowing account of Guevara's achievements and the success of the revolution in Cuba. Instead the book is very well balanced, and I learned a lot about Guevara and Castro and realised my assumption that they were all committed communists from day one was completely wrong.
The book is also well written - it isn't too academic, and it isn't too long! Well done Mike Gonzalez.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Educational, Easy to Read and Exciting 9 Sep 2004
By Georgia
I read this book on holiday expecting a bit of a challenge as I often find historical biographies can be. However the easy-going style of this book and the intensity and excitment of the story it is telling quickly caught my attention. The book was finished within a couple of days and my interest in Che and the Cuban revolution was well and truly inspired. While the story is of course facinating, Gonzalez also slowly and simply introduces the internal conflicts, politics and ideological battles of the era. An Ideal introduction to a complicated period.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Used? Yeah right! 20 Jan 2013
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I brought this book as a used one and i cannot see one sign of wear. Love it, brilliant book anyway, must have for any Che fan!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Nazis, Capitalism and the Working Class 17 Aug 2012
This is an excellent reaffirmation of the best Marxist analysis of the rise and nature of Nazism, that of Leon Trotsky. Basically, Gluckstein takes Trotsky's analysis, reworks it in the light of subsequent scholarship, research and sees how it stacks up, especially with regards to subsequent hypotheses.

Gluckstein begins with a potted history of the emergence of capitalism and national unity in Germany and emphasises the fact that, in Germany, the state and capital were always intimately intertwined, yet the rise of capitalism in Germany also left a large middle class of artisans, peasants and small business people - a petit bourgeoisie.

Gluckstein shows that the origins of Nazism are rooted in the counter-revolutionary current which developed in Germany after the First World War as a reaction to the revolutionary surge of 1918-1923. During this period Hitler established himself as a force to be reckoned with and sealed links with industrialists prepared to consider radical means to block the Left. Hitler was able to offer those German ruling class conservatives the popular legitimacy and the muscle of a paramilitary movement in order to establish a dictatorship and crush the parties of the Left and the unions which they were unable to do themselves.

Gluckstein shows convincingly that Nazism was a movement of the petit bourgeoisie, it's ideology was one of radicalised mainstream 'ruling class' ideas such as imperialism, racism, elitism, social-Darwinism, that the working class was always the most resistant part of the German population to Nazi ideas, the Nazi government favoured capitalism - especially big business.
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