In the years preceding publication of this book in 1986 much progress was made in identifying the social sources of support for Hitler's NSDAP and in determining the tactics employed by the party to mobilise its constituency at grass roots level. It has emerged that the Nazi's roots were far more diverse than previously assumed, extending beyond the lower middle class to encompass both the affluent bourgeoisie and the working class. This book collects together original studies which represent a distillation of some of the contemporaneous research.
1. Introduction Thomas Childers 2. Contentious Citadel: Bourgeois Crisis and Nazism in Marburg/Lahn, 1880-1933 Rudy Koshar 3. Between Bauernbund and National Socialism. The Political Reorientation of the Peasants in the Final Phase of the Weimar Republic Zdenek Zofka 4. Central Control versus Regional Autonomy: A Case Study of Nazi Propaganda in Westphalia, 1925-1932 Detlef Muhlberger 5. Resource Mobilisation and Legal Revolution: National Socialist Tactics in Franconia Michaela W. Richter 6. Violence as Propaganda: The Role of the Storm Troopers in the Rise of National Socialism Richard Bessel 7. The Nazi Physicians' League of 1929. Causes and Consequences Michael H. Kater 8. Speaking the Right Language: The Nazi Party and the Civil Service Vote in the Weimar Republic Jane Caplan 9. The National Socialist Mobilisation of New Voters: 1928-1933 Jurgen W. Falter 10. The Limits of National Socialist Mobilisation: The Elections of 6 November 1932 and the Fragmentation of the Nazi Constituency Thomas Childers.