Mein Kampf Additional Summary

Adolf Hitler


(Critical Survey of Literature for Students)

Barnes, James J., and Patience P. Barnes. Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” in Britain and America: A Publishing History, 1930-39. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1980. In addition to translations and publishing, the two authors discuss the diverse reactions to Hitler’s ideas in Britain and America.

Burk, Kenneth. “The Rhetoric of Hitler’s Battle.” Philosophy of Literary Form. 3d ed. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1973. First published in 1941, Burk’s classic article emphasizes rhetorical devices, such as constant repetition of simple concepts, and observes that fear of a “common enemy” often unites people.

Burleigh, Michael. The Third Reich: A New History. New York: Hill & Wang, 2000. Includes a succinct analysis of Mein Kampf within its historical context, emphasizing Hitler’s “new philosophy of life,” including his ideas on race, social Darwinism, eugenics, and the values of warfare.

Carr, Robert. “Mein Kampf: The Text, Its Themes, and Hitler’s Vision.” History Today 57 (March, 2007): 30-35. A dependable summary, especially helpful for readers with limited historical background.

Dawidowicz, Lucy. The War Against the Jews. New York: Bantam Books, 1975. Emphasizes Mein Kampf’s virulent anti-Semitism; argues that the book reveals intentions to wage a war of aggression and eradicate Jews from German territory.

Evans, Richard J. The Coming of the Third Reich. New York: Penguin Press, 2004. Denies that Mein Kampf provided a blueprint for Hitler’s later actions and calls it a “confused mélange of autobiographical reminiscences and garbled political declamations.”

Jäckel, Eberhard. Hitler’s Weltanschauung: A Blueprint for Power. Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press, 1972. A succinct work arguing that Mein Kampf expressed a coherent worldview that was consistent with Hitler’s later racist and expansionist policies.

Maser, Werner. Hitler’s “Mein Kampf”: An Analysis. Translated by R. H. Barry. London: Faber, 1970. An eminent German historian’s analysis of the book within its historical context.

Rash, Felicity. The Language of Violence: Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf.” New York: Peter Lang, 2006. A linguistic analysis that emphasizes Hitler’s rhetorical devices, particularly his use of conventional and well-worn metaphors. Provides references to other linguistic and rhetorical studies.