Franz Neumann's classic account of the governmental workings of Nazi Germany, first published in 1942, is reprinted in a new paperback edition with an introduction by the distinguished historian Peter Hayes. Neumann was one of the only early Frankfurt School thinkers to examine seriously the problem of political institutions. After the rise of the Nazis to power, his emphasis shifted to an analysis of economic power, and then after the war to political psychology. But his contributions in Behemoth were groundbreaking: that the Nazi organization of society involved the collapse of traditional ideas of the state, of ideology, of law, and even of any underlying rationality. The book must be "studied, not simply read," Raul Hilberg wrote.
Franz L. Neumann
Neumann, Franz/ Hayes, Peter (ILT)
Book Club Edition
Ivan R. Dee
Ivan R. Dee
Ivan R. Dee
Ivan R. Dee
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This is a very IMPORTANT work on the nature of fascism, as it functioned in nazi germany. Neumann covers a great deal of territory in the book. This is not nor can it be a detailed review of the book due to the scope of the subject. Rather, it is a recommendation for reading the book. There are some other books on the subject, such as the work by Adam Tooze (highly recommenced as well) that curious readers should look into. But Behemoth should be the starting point, for an accurate account of the monopoly capitalism that was nazi germany.
Good book --- Often over my head on matter I know little about --- Law for example. That's a plus however, being over my head, because I would rather struggle through something and haved learned something than to breeze through something and learn nothing. I'd say if you wish to know something of National Socialism --- this is it.
Franz Neumann was a prominent German political scientist and activist. This book is an analysis of Nazi Germany, by someone who studied the politics of the Weimer Republic and the rise of the Nazis first hand.
He exposes several myths about the Nazis, such as the Nazi Government being above classes, that Nazi anti-Semitism had always had strong support among most Germans and that the Nazi regime was monolithic.
While, during their rise to power, the Nazi's claimed to support the rights of workers, small farmers, and small business owners, but under the Nazi government, unions were crushed, and the Labor Fronts that replaced them were dominated by employers. The government created a maximum as well as minimum wage, encouraged increased wage differentials between male and female workers and skilled and unskilled workers, and economic inequality increased under the Nazi Government. The Nazi government encouraged the growth of Cartels' which resulted in the...
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