Alfred Hugenberg (Magill's Literary Annual 1978)
One can easily understand why this work was given the International History Honor Society’s manuscript award in 1975. It is a key study of a major figure in modern German history who helped pave the way for the National Socialist victory of 1933.
Along with Papen and Schleicher, Alfred Hugenberg (1861-1951) was one of the principal gravediggers of the Weimar Republic. But he was much more than even that: he was a political, economic, and ideological link between the older, conservative Wilhelmian period and World War I, and the new radical Weimar Republic and the Nazis. Hugenberg’s intermediate position between traditional and radical German conservatism was a source of both his early strength and his ultimate failure.
John Leopold’s excellent political biography illuminates and traces the crucial aspects of Hugenberg’s role in modern German history. The book rests on a foundation of exhaustive, meticulous research. Leopold had complete access to the Hugenberg papers at the Rohbracken Estate in addition to the Federal Archives, the files of the Pan-German League in Potsdam, and the Westarp Papers. Though availability of Industrial Archives was limited and only a portion of the correspondence between Hugenberg and Hitler has been preserved, every possible avenue of documentation has been pursued in this study.
Part of the success of the book is also due to the lucid, skillful style and organization by which Leopold guides us...
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