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The Swastika

Constructing the Symbol, 1st Edition

By Malcolm Quinn


210 pages

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Despite the enormous amount of material on the subject of Nazism, there has been no substantial work on its emblem, the swastika. This original and controversial contribution examines the role that the swastika played in the construction of the Aryan myth in the nineteenth century, and its use in Nazi ideology as a symbol of party, nation and race, treating it as symbolic phenomenon in a cultural context. By identifying the swastika as a boundary or liminal image, Malcolm Quinn allies visual anaysis to issues of material culture and history.


` … an original and intriguing study by an art teacher of enviable erudition …' - TLS

`Malcolm Quinn's argument is tense and his intellectual range wide. His book is an engaging intellectual synopsis, an aid to the reading of history and a warning to students and practitioners alike.' - Pater Calvocoressi, Times Literary Supplement

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