The Death of Democracy: Hitler's Rise to Power and the Downfall of the Weimar Republic

Category: Book
By (author): Hett, Benjamin Carter
Subject:  HISTORY / Europe / Germany
  HISTORY / General
  HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
  POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Fascism & Totalitarianism
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Published: April 2018
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 9.25in x 6.12in
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From The Publisher*Hitler promised to fix the economy, to create jobs, and to make Germany great again

How did Hitler happen?
Germany's Weimar Republic was a state-of-the-art modern democracy, with a proportional electoral system and protection for individual rights and freedoms, expressly including the equality of men and women. Germany had the world's most prominent gay rights movement. It was home to an active feminist movement that, having just won the vote, was moving on to abortion rights. The death penalty had virtually been abolished. And workers had won the right to an eight-hour day with full pay. Jews from Poland and Russia flocked to Germany's greater tolerance and openness.
     Hitler came to office in January 1933 with the largest number of seats in the Reichstag, Germany's parliament. Like the three chancellors before him, Hitler had been put into office by a small circle of powerful men who sought to take advantage of his demagogic gifts and mass following to advance their own agenda. They assumed they had Hitler squarely under control.
     Hett's book is a short history of how Adolf Hitler, once elected, used the levers of power to destroy the Weimar democracy and replace it with a Nazi dictatorship. The parallels to current politics are clear and disturbing. Hett examines the political and social context in which the Nazis rose to power and how Hitler himself was a shrewd and intuitive political player. Hett writes with the drama, detail, and pacing that makes his account read like a compelling political thriller.
Biographical NoteBENJAMIN CARTER HETT is a Canadian historian who holds a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University, specializing in modern Germany. From 2001 to 2003 he taught in the History and Literature Concentration at Harvard, and advised graduate students and taught legal writing at Harvard Law School. He currently teaches at the City University of New York. Hett has written three books on 20th century German history, including Crossing Hitler, which was the winner of the 2007 Fraenkel Prize from the Wiener Library in London. His books have been translated into German, Dutch, Spanish, Polish, Slovenian, and Chinese.