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Alan Bullock - Hitler

Hitler’s belief in the use of force:

“The crudest of Hitler's simplifications was the most effective: in almost any situation, he believed, force or the threat of force would settle matters - and in an astonishingly large number of cases he proved right” (381-82).

Force –

“The impression he wanted to convey … was one of force, decision, will” (382).

The only principle of Nazism was power and domination:

"To say that Hitler was ambitious scarcely describes the intensity of the lust for power and the craving to dominate which consumed him. It was the will to power in its crudest and purest form, not identifying itself with the triumph of a principle as with Lenin or Robespierre - for the only principle of Nazism was power and domination for its, own sake …” (382).

Hitler had only one programme: Power

“Hitler had only one programme: power, first his own power in Germany, and then the expansion of German power in Europe. The rest was window-dressing” (489).


“… we wish for the dictatorship of the nation, that is, the dictatorship of the whole community. Only then shall we be able to restore to the millions of our people the conviction that the State does not represent the interests of a single group or class, and that the Government is there to manage the concerns of the entire community.' This single-minded concept of the national interest was to be embodied in, and guaranteed by, the absolutism of the State, as it had been in the time of Frederick the Great and in the Prussian tradition of the State glorified by Hegel” (406).

Oxford Online Dictionary

fascism | | faSH| izəm | (also Fascism)

An authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization.


• (in general use) extreme right-wing, authoritarian, or intolerant views or practice.


The term Fascism was first used of the totalitarian right-wing nationalist regime of Mussolini in Italy (1922–43); the regimes of the Nazis in Germany and Franco in Spain were also Fascist. Fascism tends to include a belief in the supremacy of one national or ethnic group, a contempt for democracy, an insistence on obedience to a powerful leader, and a strong demagogic approach.


1920s: from Italian fascismo, from fascio “bundle, political group”, from Latin fascis (see fasces).

—definition of “fascism” in the Oxford online dictionary

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