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Behemoth: The Structure and Practice of National Socialism, 1933-1944
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 empha ...more
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Feb 01, 2014 sologdin rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Corollary to Lemkin’s Axis Rule in Occupied Europe. Like Lemkin, Neumann is European attorney in exile in the United States during WW2, writing about German legal developments. Whereas Lemkin focused on the fascist periphery vis-à-vis occupation statutes, Neumann is intent on the imperial center of the Third Reich, which of necessity includes some items regarding periphery. It is overall very well accomplished. Lacks Lemkin’s rigor in presentation of actual statutes and decrees (Lemkin achieved ...more
the first edition was written in 1942 (only later editions expand to '44), and this book is totally amazing for how much franz neumann was able to learn (contemporaneously!) about the nitty-gritty of party politics, state bureaucracy, and economic practices in nazi germany. highlights include the role of magic in european monarchies (takes up about a paragraph in this 500 page book, but totally interesting), the nazi attitudes toward international law, and speculation on the ultimate economic ai ...more
Franz Leopold Neumann was a German-Jewish left-wing political activist, Marxist theorist and labor lawyer, who became a political scientist in exile and is best known for his theoretical analyses of National Socialism. He studied in Germany and the United Kingdom, and spent the last phase of his career in the United States. Together with Ernst Fraenkel and Arnold Bergstraesser, Neumann is consider ...moreMore about Franz Leopold Neumann...