This examination of Hitler’s stormtroopers provides vital insights into the collapse of the Weimar Republic and the establishment of the Nazi state. Drawing on a wide range of archival sources and extensive biographical material left by the stormtroopers themselves, the author challenges the belief that Hitler’s SA was predominantly lower-middle class.
This revealing study of street politics during an era of economic and political dislocation and is an important contribution to the history of inter-war Germany which will appeal to the advanced undergraduate and postgraduate reader alike.
1. Introduction 2. The SA and German Society: Problems of Interpreation 3. The SA’s Social Composition 4. The SA and the Employment Question 5. The SA and its Sources of Financial and Welfare Assistance 6. Ideology and Politics of the SA 7. Targets for SA Radicalism 8. The SA in the Radical Camp: Stormtroopers and Communists 9. Conclusion.