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The man who invented the Third Reich : the life and times of Arthur Moeller van den Bruck
Lauryssens, Stan, 1946-
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Publication Information:
Stroud, Gloucestershire [England] : Sutton, 1999.
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x, 166 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
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DD247.M59 L38 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A prolific writer, historian, critic, translator and publisher, Arthur Moeller van den Bruck was the quintessential Bohemian fin-de-siecle artist. In the turbulent years which followed the end of World War I, he became politically active and was soon considered to be the leader of the young conservative revolutionaries in Weimar Germany.

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Hitler may have been a "genius" as a rabble-rouser and demagogue, but his ideas on politics, class divisions, and race were strictly derivative; they were the product of the hot-house political atmosphere that permeated both Vienna and the Austro-Germany borderlands. A major contributor to that atmosphere was Arthur Moeller van den Bruck, a morose intellectual who promoted extreme nationalism and virulent anti-Semitism as a poet and polemicist. Lauryssens, a Belgian author of five books on the Third Reich, writes in a melodramatic style, and he often engages in unwarranted speculation regarding both Moeller van den Bruck and his direct influence on Hitler. Still, he does succeed in conveying the intellectual ferment and underlying current of violence that characterized prewar Vienna. As for Moeller van den Bruck, he emerges here as a brilliant, tortured, and strangely sympathetic character unable to cope with the political demons he helped to unleash. --Jay Freeman