Professor David Welch is Professor of Modern History and Director of the Centre for the Study of Propaganda at the University of Kent at Canterbury. His research interests include late nineteenth and twentieth century German history, focusing on the relationship between public opinion, politics, and propaganda in German society. He is the General Editor of Routledge's Sources in History series. His published works include Germany: Propaganda and Total War 1914-1918; Modern European History: A Documentary Reader 1871-2000; The Third Reich, Politics and Propaganda; Hitler: Profile of a Dictator and Propaganda and the German Cinema, 1933-1945. He currently lives in the south of England.
The Hitler Conspiracies proves that during his rise to power, Hitler's greatest political skill was to explain Germany's post-World War I problem to those who were the most receptive to a single explanation of events, and then offer them radical solutions. At the heart of Hitler's German—and world—view was betrayal, betrayal borne out of conspiracy.
Once in power, the Nazi regime was truly driven and riven by conspiracies; and even in defeat a miasma of conspiracy surrounded the Third Reich. This book examines the intrigues and "back stairs" deals that allowed Hitler and the Nazi Party to gain power in Germany in 1933, and the often bloody political infighting that ensued following National Socialism's consolidation of power, such as the "Night of the Long Knives" in 1934.
Though Hitler strove to create a wholly centralized state, he did not silence all opposition. In Nazi Germany there were some Germans - members of the pre-Hitler elite, religious leaders, students and workers - who were willing to conspire against the regime. This book covers all these anti-Nazi movements in full, thus building into a thought provoking volume on the rise of the Nazis and the opposition to Hitler's tyrannical regime.