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Hitler and the power of aesthetics

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Hitler and the power of aesthetics
Call No: 943.086 S76h

Call Number943.086 S76h
Dates2009; ©2009
Statement of ResponsibilityFrederic Spotts.
Creators & ContributorsSpotts, Frederic (author)
Hitler, Adolf (subject)
SummaryFrederic Spotts argues "Hitler's interest in the arts was as intense as his racism—and that he used the arts to disguise the heinous crimes that were the means to fulfilling his ends. Hitler's vision of the Aryan superstate was to be expressed as much in art as in politics: culture was not only the end to which power should aspire, but the means of achieving it." —Back cover
ContentsThe Reluctant Dictator
  1. The Bohemian Aesthete
  2. A Philosophy of Culture
  3. The Grand Paradox
The Artful Leader
  1. The Artist as Politician
  2. The Politician as Artist
The Artist of Destruction
  1. The New Germany and the New German
  2. Purification by Death
The Failed Painter
  1. The Struggling Watercolourist
  2. Forgers and Collectors
The Art Dictator
  1. The Modernist Enemy
  2. The Failure of National Socialist Realism
  3. The Art Collector
The Perfect Wagnerite
  1. Hitler's Wagner or Wagner's Hitler?
  2. 'Fuhrer of the Bayreuth Republic'
The Music Master
  1. The Rape of Euterpe
  2. The Music Patron
  3. Conductors and Composers
The Master Builder
  1. Immortality through Architecture
  2. Political Architecture
  3. Remodelling Germany
  4. Aesthetics and Transport
Physical Description xxii, 456 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Carrier Typevolume
PublisherWoodstock, NY : Overlook Press
  • "With a new introduction by the author" —Title page
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 437–443) and index
RecognitionGifted in 2016 by Stuart Michelson in memory of Jean Staab