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Hitler's Millennial Reich: Apocalyptic Belief and the Search for Salvation Hardcover – October 1, 2005

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814775241
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814775240
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,647,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The apocalyptic dimension of Hitler and his exterminatory project has often been noted but never developed with the completeness and sophistication of David Redles. This brilliant book will enlighten, surprise, and awaken. It is a story, unfortunately, of continuing relevance for the contemporary world as it grapples with the new terrorism.”
-Charles B. Strozier,author of Apocalypse: On the Psychology of Fundamentalism in America

“David Redles has tackled one of the most sensitive subjects in millennial studies—the Nazis. He has done an extraordinarily careful and brilliant analysis of the archival material to reveal Hitler's messianic charisma, his appeal both on the ideological and psychological level, illustrating that if you can convince people that they live in apocalyptic times and you have the key to their collective salvation, you can get them to do anything. Given that we live in times that lend themselves to such interpretations, we had best understand the apocalyptic dynamics of reactionary modernism.”
-Richard Landes,Director, Center for Millennial Studies, Department of History, Boston University

About the Author

David Redles is associate professor of history at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio, and an associate scholar of the Center for Millennial Studies at Boston University.

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David Redles is associate professor of history at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio. His first book, Hitler's Millennial Reich: Apocalyptic Belief and the Search for Salvation, attempts to explain the historical and psychological factors that turned certain Germans into Nazis. Specifically it focuses on how periods of rapid and radical change are often interpreted as times of utter collapse, necessitating the rise of a messianic figure and millenarian movement that attempts to save the world by cleansing it of its impurities. Redles has also contributed chapters on this subject to the edited collections, War in Heaven/Heaven on Earth: Theories of the Apocalyptic (2005); End of Days: Essays on the Apocalypse from Antiquity to Modernity (2009); The Fundamentalist Mindset: Psychological Perspectives on Religion, Violence, and History (2010); The Oxford Handbook of Millennialism (2011); and The Paranoid Apocalypse: A Hundred-Year Retrospective on the Protocols of the Elders of Zion (2011).

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Zinn on November 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
David Redles has written an incredibly insightful book on how people under stress can be manipulated to do horrible things if they believe they will be saved. It is entirely relevant to today's suicide bombers and other extremists looking for salvation. This book is not just for those interested in Hitler and Nazi Germany but for anyone trying to understand how people can commit the kinds of atrocities that continue to occur in our world today.
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