Konrad Heiden was an influential journalist and historian of the Weimar Republic and Nazi Eras. He became an early critic of National Socialism after attending a party meeting in 1920. First published in English in 1934, A History of National Socialism provides a detailed account of the growth of the movement through the 1920’s until its assumption of full control of Germany in 1934. It argues that Nazi ideology was extremely pragmatic and able to accommodate a wide diversity of opinion in return for the unconditional support of Hitler as leader.
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Chronology of Principal Events Introduction 1. The Origin of National Socialism 2. Hitler’s Fight for the Party Leadership 3. The Leader: A portrait 4. The Troubles of a Leader 5. The Road to Power 6. Hitler in Opposition 7. The Crisis in Germany 8. The Withdrawal from the Reichstag 9. The Boxheim Document 10. A Man of Shadows: Franz von Papen 11. NSBO 12. The Reichstag Fire 13. Bavaria’s Last Effort at Resistance 14.Industrial Opposition 15. Cross against Swastika 16. An Anticipation of the Future 17. Forward into Legend