Catholicism and the Roots of Nazism: Religious Identity and National Socialism

Paperback | September 23, 2011

byDerek Hastings

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Derek Hastings here illuminates an important and largely overlooked aspect of early Nazi history, going back to the years after World War I - when National Socialism first emerged - to reveal its close early ties with Catholicism. Although an antagonistic relationship between the CatholicChurch and Hitler's regime developed later during the Third Reich, the early Nazi movement was born in Munich, a city whose population was overwhelmingly Catholic. Focusing on Munich and the surrounding area, Hastings shows how Catholics played a central and hitherto overlooked role in the Nazi movement before the 1923 Beerhall Putsch. He examines the activism of individual Catholic writers, university students, and priests and the striking Catholic-orientedappeals and imagery formulated by the movement. He then discusses why the Nazis embarked on a different path following the party's reconstitution in early 1925, ultimately taking on an increasingly anti-Catholic and anti-Christian identity.

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Derek Hastings here illuminates an important and largely overlooked aspect of early Nazi history, going back to the years after World War I - when National Socialism first emerged - to reveal its close early ties with Catholicism. Although an antagonistic relationship between the CatholicChurch and Hitler's regime developed later durin...

Derek Hastings is Associate Professor of History at Oakland University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 0.98 inPublished:September 23, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. Ultramontanism and Its Discontents: The "Peculiarities" of Munich's Prewar Catholic Tradi2. The Path Toward Positive Christianity: Religious Identity and the Earliest Stages of the Nazi Movement, 1919-203. Embodying Positive Christianity in Catholic Munich: The Ideal of Religious Catholicism and Early Nazi Growth, 1920-224. A "Catholic-Oriented Movement": The Zenith of Catholic-Nazi Activism, 1922-235. The Beerhall Putsch and the Transformation of the Nazi Movement After 1923Conclusion