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Nazi Election Data

First a look at the Weimar elections. The numbers are from Wikipedia. Social Democrat means SPD. Communist means USPD + KPD. Bourgeois 3 means DNVP + DVP + DDP. MC Splinters means various middle class splinter parties when they seemed worth counting. The Catholic parties mean the Center Party and the Bavarian People’s Party. Election […]

September 26, 2012 in History


Much of the failure and radicalization of the Nazi occupation of Poland can be traced to a series of systemic human factors whose roots like in the world of colonial occupation. I will outline these factors in brief, and then spend the rest of this paper elaborating on this collective “human resources disaster.” “Because We […]

January 12, 2008 in History


The previous arguments can be rounded out and compared to Mann’s study by the addition of a few numbers. The first area is region, for me the most fascinating. Mann had found in his sample that southern Germans and Austrians – as well as Catholics overall – were strongly over-represented, whereas the northern and central […]

January 12, 2008 in History

General Analysis

In cultural history, as the saying goes, one example is an anecdote, two are a trend, and three are proof. There is a certain repetition in the stories that makes it unproductive to tell even more. This was not a handpicked selection of the juiciest, rather a representative cross-section. Three main trends are apparent from […]

January 12, 2008 in History


Some biographies of bandwagon Nazis in the Warthegau.

January 12, 2008 in History

By the numbers

And so the stories continue, man by man. Of the 778 men (including twenty women) in my sample, 83 percent were NSDAP members. 35 percent had joined before 1933. Table 1 shows the occupations that the NSDAP members I was able to look up at the National Archives NSDAP Master File listed on their membership […]

January 12, 2008 in History

Second Career Nazis

Second careers did not mean sinecures. In 1933 and 1935 decrees were passed allowing thousands of Old Fighters, especially Ehrenzeichenträger, into the civil service. Often presented as an unemployment measure or NSDAP welfare, it was more the act of a new regime securing its hold on power by replacing independent actors with men who owed […]

January 12, 2008 in History

Little Kings

What were civil administrators doing in the Warthegau? They can roughly be divided in two halves. On the one side are the professionals – civil engineers, health inspectors, savings bank officials, and land use planners – enticed by higher pay and a greater playing field for their professional activities. On the other side are the […]

January 12, 2008 in History

On to Poland

The 1939 invasion brings us from the background to the foreground of the subject of this paper. After the Polish campaign was finished, the Nazi regime split their half of Poland into two pieces. One piece, the leftovers, became the Government-General, whose leader, Hans Frank, soon came to think of himself as a viceroy. The […]

January 12, 2008 in History

The Big Picture

When I first began researching colonialism, I held a rather simple, functionalist view of it as a situation that occurs when groups of people who believe themselves to be superior gain effective control over another place, regardless of whether they call it “colonialism.” Being an expatriate in a foreign land one feels one owns is […]

January 12, 2008 in History