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MA (Master of Arts)
Date of Award
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Stephen G Fritz
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.
Thesis - restricted
Shockley, Steven W., "A Match Made in Heaven or Hell: Historians Debate the Influence of Richard Wagner on Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich." (2001). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 120. https://dc.etsu.edu/etd/120
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