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Conjuring Hitler by Guido Giacomo Preparata
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Conjuring Hitler

by Guido Giacomo Preparata

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A very important book which dares to question one of the sacred cow assumptions of the 20th century: that Hitler's rise to power was unforseeable and unpreventable. From the early chapters, this author builds a credible case that World War I and II both served long-term British foreign policy objectives. From the advent of the Prussian army to the proposed Berlin-Baghdad rail line, the ascendency of Germany (the last European nation to unify into a modern nation-state) was troubling to Anglo imperialists. A powerful land force spreading across Europe and (should they join forces with Russia) Asia would nullify the value of England's unopposable navy.

Taken in the context of the Rothschild/Bank of England ambitions to found a one-world government, with themselves at the top, Hitler's rise makes much more sense than was ever presented in highschool social studies textbooks. This is a wonderful introductory book, but I would love to hear much more. Complementary books include How The World Really Works, by Alan B Jones, [book:Secrecy or Freedom|520054],[book:The House of Rothschild Volume 1 Money's Prophets 1798-1848:|173745], and [book:War is a Racket: The Anti-War Classic by America's Most Decorated General|198259]. ( )
  BirdBrian | Apr 6, 2013 |
Charlie Wilson's war was not the first one to give juice to fascism or fanaticism, in the service of holding back threats to capitalism or in the way of frustrating Russia/Soviet Union in what the British at least acknowledge is The Great Game. It is something other than pure representative democracy at work, which gives rise to the really great wars. We should acquaint ourselves with The Great Game, so that we recognize its blandishments
  golf1951 | Sep 4, 2009 |
Conjuring Hitler is a full-blown conspiracy theory, accusing “the Anglo-American establishment” of world-historical crimes and attributing to it the successful management of world events since about 1900. Virtually every event of in the British politics in the 1920s and 1930s is held to have been a sham behind “stock masks.”

As the white supremacist and anti-Semitic web sites that have taken up discussion of Preparata’s volume suggest, Conjuring Hitler, with its oracular style, is a fine example of what Richard Hofstadter called, in a famous November 1964 Harper’s Magazine essay, “The Paranoid Style in American Politics.”

Hofstadter wrote: “In the history of the United States one finds it, for example, in the anti-Masonic movement, the nativist and anti-Catholic movement, in certain spokesmen of abolitionism who regarded the United States as being in the grip of a slaveholders’ conspiracy, in many alarmists about the Mormons, in some Greenback and Populist writers who constructed a great conspiracy of international bankers, in the exposure of a munitions makers’ conspiracy of World War I, in the popular left-wing press, in the contemporary American right wing, and on both sides of the race controversy today, among White Citizens’ Councils and Black Muslims.”

Hofstadter noted that “this term is pejorative, and it is meant to be; the paranoid style has a greater affinity for bad causes than good. But nothing really prevents a sound program or demand from being advocated in the paranoid style.”

In Preparata’s case, we have a “sound demand” (that national and world politics be liberated from the overweening influence of finance capital) advocated in the classic paranoid style. In this case, a spectacular effect (the rise of Nazism) is taken to require explanation by means of an elaborate intention that is then asserted as an efficient cause.

But history depends on evidence, and there is little of that here, despite the apparatus of scholarship (which reveals itself to be thin when scrutinized). Hofstadter again: “A distinguished historian has said that one of the most valuable things about history is that it teaches us how things do not happen.” ( )
  jensenmk82 | Aug 21, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 074532181X, Paperback)

A fascinating and controversial new perspective on Hitler's rise to power; Provides startling evidence of Britain and America's financial support for the Third Reich; Suggests that the western elite deliberately supported Nazism in the pre-war period to destabilise any alliance between Germany and Russia Nazism is usually depicted as an eerie German phenomenon, the outcome of political blunders and unique economic factors: we are told that it could not be prevented, and that it will never be repeated. Guido Giacomo Preparata shows that the truth is very different: using meticulous economic analysis, he reveals that Hitler's extraordinary rise to power was actually facilitated over the course of a decade following WWI - and eventually financed - by the British and American political classes. Tracing events in the Third Reich, Preparata offers a startling history of Anglo-American geopolitical interests in the early twentieth century. He explains that Britain, still clinging to its empire, was terrified of an alliance forming between Germany and Russia. He shows how Britain, through the Bank of England, came to exercise some control over Weimar and how Britain's financial support for Hitler enabled the Nazis to seize power. Nazism was not regarded as an aberration: for the British establishment of the time, it was a convenient way of destabilising Europe, and driving Germany into conflict with Stalinist Russia. In this way Britain ensured that it would prevent the formation of any rival continental power block. Guido Giacomo Preparata lays bare the economic forces at play in the Third Reich, and identifies the key players in the British and American establishment who aided Hitler's meteoric rise.

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"Nazism is usually depicted as the outcome of political blunders and unique economic factors: we are told that it could not be prevented, and that it will never be repeated. In this explosive book, Guido Giacomo Preparata shows that the truth is very different: using meticulous economic analysis, he demonstrates that Hitler's extraordinary rise to power was in fact facilitated -- and eventually financed -- by the British and American political classes during the decade following World War I. Through a close analysis of events in the Third Reich, Preparata unveils a startling history of Anglo-American geopolitical interests in the early twentieth century. He explains that Britain, still clinging to its empire, was terrified of an alliance forming between Germany and Russia. He shows how the UK, through the Bank of England, came to exercise control over Weimar Germany and how Anglo-American financial support for Hitler enabled the Nazis to seize power. This controversial study shows that Nazism was not regarded as an aberration: for the British and American establishment of the time, it was regarded as a convenient way of destabilising Europe and driving Germany into conflict with Stalinist Russia, thus preventing the formation of any rival continental power block."--Book cover.… (more)

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