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Nazi propaganda decision-making:the hybrid of ‘modernity’ and ‘neo-feudalism’ in Nazi wartime propaganda

Kallis, Aristotle (2009) Nazi propaganda decision-making:the hybrid of ‘modernity’ and ‘neo-feudalism’ in Nazi wartime propaganda. Portuguese Journal of Social Science, 8 (2). pp. 61-84.

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Abstract

The hybrid nature of the Nazi system of decision-making found eloquent expression in the context of the regime's propaganda machinery. Multiple competing power bases were constructed around the authority of elite party and state figures across the spectrum of the regime's propaganda activities. Each of them forged their own ad hoc jurisdictional sphere, eroding Goebbels' totalitarian vision for Nazi propaganda. The result was a behemoth of contradictory interests and strategies that repeatedly undermined co-ordination across the propaganda domain. Ironically, modernity and 'neo-feudalism' were reconciled only towards the end of the war, after Goebbels had won most of the jurisdictional battles against his party and state opponents, regaining Hitler's full confidence and subjecting the supremely modern propaganda apparatus of a waning Third Reich to his personal, near-total, control.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Portuguese Journal of Social Science
Uncontrolled Keywords: national socialism ; propaganda ; nazi germany ; modernity
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Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > History
ID Code: 52099
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 16 Dec 2011 16:18
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 22:58
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/52099

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