Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Wagner's Hitler: The Prophet and His Disciple Hardcover – 24 Dec 1999

2.1 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews

See all 9 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Hardcover, 24 Dec 1999
£103.99 £82.67
click to open popover

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
    Apple
  • Android
    Android
  • Windows Phone
    Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

kcpAppSendButton


Product details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Polity Press (24 Dec. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745622399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745622392
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 1.5 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,197,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
    If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

  • See Complete Table of Contents

Product description

Review

"Fascinating and very well written ... clearly the best documented of the attempts to link Wagner and Hitler." Harold James, Princeton University "Chilling and exhaustively researched ... [it offers a] persuasive case for its thesis that Hitler based his entire philosophy and the whole Nazi apparatus on ideas explicitly drawn from Wagner's writings and operas." The New York Times 'Time and again Wagner called for the annihilation of the Jewish race, an alien body in an Aryan German state. Hitler took him at his word.' Ronald Taylor, in his Introduction

Synopsis

Wagner's Hitler is an important and controversial contribution to the literature on Hitler's Germany. Kohler powerfully argues that Wagner's influence played a vital role in shaping the cultural context in which Nazism developed.Kohler traces the legacy of the German romantic tradition and the irrational, egocentric, nationalistic and intolerantly utopian features which were shared by Wagner and Hitler. He explores how Hitler discovered characters he could identify with in Wagner's work, as well as concepts he could apply to his political career, up to the point when Wagner's anti-Semitic tracts were turned into violent reality by the politician he had inspired. In a compelling study, Kohler traces Wagner's influence on Hitler from the young Austrian scraping together the price of an opera ticket, to the dictator enacting his megalomaniac Wagnerian visions of a Germany that would rule the world. He also shows how Wagner's family in Bayreuth supported Hitler from the beginning of his political career, and aided his introduction into highly influential circles.

Considerable controversy surrounded this book upon publication in Germany and the English-language edition of Wagner's Hitler is bound to provoke similar heated discussion among all who are interested in the debates about Hitler and his context, Wagner's political influence, and the social and cultural factors which shaped the rise of Nazism in Germany.

See all Product description

2 customer reviews

2.1 out of 5 stars

Review this product

Share your thoughts with other customers

4 June 2014
5 people found this helpful
Comment Report abuse
16 March 2001
13 people found this helpful
Comment Report abuse

Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com

Amazon.com: 3.0 out of 5 stars 8 reviews
Sean A. Heaney
5.0 out of 5 starsThe Sorcerer's Apprentice Becomes The Master.
19 July 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
One person found this helpful.
Sator
1.0 out of 5 starsA Bizarre Nazi Opera Conspiracy Dismissed by All Major Historians
23 January 2012 - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
11 people found this helpful.
Jack Gregorio
4.0 out of 5 starsThere are flaws, but the overall thesis is solid.
2 September 2003 - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
3 people found this helpful.
E S
2.0 out of 5 starsWAGNER PREDICTED THE NAZI DEFEAT
16 July 2007 - Published on Amazon.com
18 people found this helpful.