Nazi Propaganda and the Volksgemeinschaft: Constructing a People's Community

Welch, David (2004) Nazi Propaganda and the Volksgemeinschaft: Constructing a People's Community. Journal of Contemporary History, 39 (2). pp. 213-238. ISSN 0022-0094. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

This article argues that the concept of a national or peoples community (Volksgemeinschaft) was a key element in the revolutionary aims of the nazi regime, and illustrates the remarkably ambitious nature of its propaganda. Propaganda presented an image of society that had successfully manufactured a national community by transcending social and class divisiveness through a new ethnic unity based on true German values. But was there a gap between the claims trumpeted in nazi propaganda and social reality? The intention of this article is to reappraise the effectiveness (or otherwise) of Volksgemeinschaft by analysing the response from two sections of the community; the industrial working class and German youth.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DD Germany
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: L.J. Brown
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2007 18:36
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2014 10:49
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/929 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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