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More than half a century after the fall of the Third Reich, Nazism, its roots and its essential nature, remain a central and unresolved enigma of the twentieth century. During the period of Hitler's ascendancy, most attempts at explaining this unprecedented phenomenon were framed in "economic," often Marxist, sociological terms and concepts. Peter Viereck's Metapolitics, ...more
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Published May 2nd 2003 by Routledge (first published 1941)
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Mar 04, 2014 rated it did not like it
Peter Viereck's Metapolitics was originally his Harvard PhD thesis, written between 1936 and 1941 and first published in 1941. Viereck (1916-2006) was a right-wing American historian and poet. In many ways Viereck's book is the product of a personal crisis precipitated by the events into which he was personally intricately intertwined. Viereck was the son a German father and an American mother. His father, George Sylvester Viereck, was a vitriolic apologist for the National Socialists and for ...more
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Nov 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
Finally, I have found a somewhat serious intellectual history of the roots of National Socialist thought. Unfortunately, like many of individuals tackling (or raping) National Socialist (EVIL NAZI BUTCHERS) history, author Peter Viereck has an extreme bias. Not just a bias against Nazis, but a contempt for German Romanticists and their influences. Of course, Viereck blames Nazi thought on the "artistic failure" of the main Nazis and their influences. Unfortunately for Viereck, however, it seems ...more
Bill Dombrowski
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Having read Grosz's memoir of the interwar chaos in a Germany freed of authoritarian restraints, I found Viereck's exposition of the wooley mindedness of German Romanticism going back to Jahn sheds useful light on the extremes Grosz was encountering on a daily basis. My only caveat: the last 300 pages of book are tough going if you're not a fan of German poetry.
John Moonitz
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Excellent study on the roots and origins of Nazism, tracing all the way back to the end of the 30 Years War and the Peace of Westphalia, with the birth of the nation states . . . which led to nationalism . . . which then led to romanticism . . . which then led to Nazism . . . Viereck makes compelling arguments in a well written study. A must-read for history buffs!
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Peter Robert Edwin Viereck (August 5, 1916 – May 13, 2006), was an American poet and political thinker, as well as a professor of history at Mount Holyoke College for five decades.

Viereck was born in New York, the son of George Sylvester Viereck. He received his B.A. summa cum laude in history in 1937 from Harvard University. He then specialized in European history, receiving his M.A. in 1939 and
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