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Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)



Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Stephen G Fritz

Committee Members

William Douglas Burgess Jr., Ronnie M. Day


This is an analysis of the contributions of Richard Wagner's ideas to the development of Adolf Hitler as seen by various historians.

This author has consulted the works of many different authors to attempt to find the ideological roots of Adolf Hitler.

The ideology of Richard Wagner, as seen by some of the most pre-eminent historians of this period, has been applied to the ideas of Hitler to find any continuity between these two men.

All historians consulted thought Wagner was, for some more, others, less, a contributor to the development of Adolf Hitler and National Socialism.

This author has concluded that Wagner was a contributor, but that Hitler's personal environment was more important to the development of National Socialism.

This thesis explores an area into which no one has really delved in depth. Hopefully, this thesis can be a springboard for further research into this area.

Document Type

Thesis - restricted


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