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Wagner's Hitler: The Prophet and His Disciple

ISBN: 978-0-7456-2710-6
384 pages
November 2001, Polity
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Wagner's Hitler is an important and controversial contribution to the literature on Hitler's Germany.
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Introduction by Ronald Taylor.

1. Ein Heldenleben.

2. The Last of the Tribunes.

3. Dresden Burns.

4. Studies in the Ring.

5. Dragon-Slayer by Profession.

6. The Future as Art.

7. A Royal Failure.

8. The Witch's Kitchen.

9. A Lethal Subject.

10. Pioneers.

11. An Official Blessing.

12. The Saviour Betrayed.

13. Wagnerian Hero: A Self-Portrait.

14. Blood Brotherhood.

15. Life under the Mastersingers.

16. Barbarossa Returns: Ahasversus Perishes.

Notes.

Bibliography.

Index.
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Joachim Köhler is a scholar of philosophy and German literature, and is the author of Zarathustra's Secret and Nietzsche and Wagner.
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  • A controversial new examination of the relationship between Wagner and Hitler
  • Traces Wagner's influence on Hitler from his youth to his dictatorship
  • Has generated a great deal of debate in Germany and is sure to do so in the English-speaking world.
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"Fascinating and very well written ... clearly the best documented of the attempts to link Wagner and Hitler." Harold James, Princeton University

"Chilling and exhaustively researched ... [it offers a] persuasive case for its thesis that Hitler based his entire philosophy and the whole Nazi apparatus on ideas explicitly drawn from Wagner's writings and operas." The New York Times

'Time and again Wagner called for the annihilation of the Jewish race, an alien body in an Aryan German state. Hitler took him at his word.' Ronald Taylor, in his Introduction

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