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The Cult of Art in Nazi Germany presents a new interpretation of National Socialism, arguing that art in the Third Reich was not simply an instrument of the regime, but actually became a source of the racist politics upon which its ideology was founded. Through the myth of the “Aryan race,” a race pronounced superior because it alone creates culture, Nazism asserted art as the sole raison dêtre of a regime defined by Hitler as the “dictatorship of genius.” Michaud shows the important link between the religious nature of Nazi art and the political movement, revealing that in Nazi Germany art was considered to be less a witness of history than a force capable of producing future, the actor capable of accelerating the coming of a reality immanent to art itself.

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The Cult of Art in Nazi Germany presents a new interpretation of National Socialism, arguing that art in the Third Reich was not simply an instrument of the regime, but actually became a source of the racist politics upon which its ideology was founded.

Synopsis:

“A highly original work offering a wealth of new material and a radically new perspective. It could be said that this book is a highly convincing documentation of Walter Benjamins famous statement that fascism is the aestheticisation of politics. Michauds analysis is provocative and disquieting because it relentlessly reveals the deep interrelation of a long aesthetic and artistic tradition of the ‘creative artist and central motifs of Christianity.”—Rainer Nägele, Johns Hopkins University

“Closely argued and intellectually dazzling, this study is essential reading, not only for historians of twentieth-century art, but for anyone interested in the visual culture of modernity.”—Brigid Doherty, Princeton University

About the Author

Eric Michaud is Professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780804743273
Translator:
Lloyd
Translator:
Lloyd, Janet
Translator:
Lloyd, Thomas Da
Translator:
Lloyd
Translator:
Lloyd, Janet
Author:
Lloyd, Janet
Author:
Michaud, Eric
Author:
Bal, Mieke
Author:
Michaud
Author:
de Vries, Hent
Author:
Vries, Hent De
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Location:
Stanford, Calif.
Subject:
General
Subject:
History - General
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
Art, german
Subject:
National socialism and art.
Subject:
General Art
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
Influence
Subject:
Hitler, Adolf - Influence
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Cultural Memory in the Present
Series Volume:
3178
Publication Date:
20040431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.25 x 6.5 in

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History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present

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The Cult of Art in Nazi Germany presents a new interpretation of National Socialism, arguing that art in the Third Reich was not simply an instrument of the regime, but actually became a source of the racist politics upon which its ideology was founded.
"Synopsis" by ,
“A highly original work offering a wealth of new material and a radically new perspective. It could be said that this book is a highly convincing documentation of Walter Benjamins famous statement that fascism is the aestheticisation of politics. Michauds analysis is provocative and disquieting because it relentlessly reveals the deep interrelation of a long aesthetic and artistic tradition of the ‘creative artist and central motifs of Christianity.”—Rainer Nägele, Johns Hopkins University

“Closely argued and intellectually dazzling, this study is essential reading, not only for historians of twentieth-century art, but for anyone interested in the visual culture of modernity.”—Brigid Doherty, Princeton University

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