The most influential and substantial leader, after Hitler, in the pre-1933 National Socialist Party was Gregor Strasser. This book (originally published in 1983 but as yet not superseded) is a comprehensive and scholarly assessment of Strasser’s significant and ultimately tragic career, based largely on previously unpublished German archival material. Strasser’s importance as a Nazi propagandist, organiser, ideologue and spokesman is examined and the analysis and interpretation which follow are fundamentally revisionist in that many of the accepted ideas about Strasser’s career are challenged and shown to be untenable. The book provides important insights into an interesting personality which in turn considerably enhances our understanding of the character of early National Socialism and the politics of the Weimar Republic.
1. Introduction: Weimar, National Socialism and Historians Peter D. Stachura 2. The Nazis, the Bourgeoisie and the Workers during the Kampfzeit Peter D. Stachura 3. National Socialism and Women Before 1933 Jill Stephenson 4. National Socialism and the Educated Elite in the Weimar Republic Geoffrey J. Giles 5. German Youth, the Youth Movement and National Socialism in the Weimar Republic Peter D. Stachura 6. The Industrial Elite and the Nazis in the Weimar Republic Dick Geary 7. Etudes in Political History: Reichswehr, NSDAP, and the Seizure of Power Michael Geyer 8. National Socialism and the Christian Churches during the Weimar Republic John S. Conway 9. National Socialism and Foreign Policy 1919-33 John Hiden 10. Ideology, Propaganda and the Rise of the Nazi Party Ian Kershaw.