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The Sanctity of Rural Life

Nobility, Protestantism, and Nazism in Weimar Prussia

The Sanctity of Rural Life by Shelley Baranowski
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In this ground-breaking study, Shelley Baranowski not only explores how and why church-going Protestants in eastern Prussia turned to Nazism in large numbers, but also shows that the rural elite and the church propagated a myth of the stability, the wholesomeness, and the class-harmony--in short, the "sanctity"--of rural life, a myth that was a key component of Nazi propaganda that helped secure support for the Third Reich in rural areas. Of great interest to historians and students of the period as well as anyone interested in how a fringe radical movement gained wide popular support.
Oxford University Press; April 1995
278 pages; ISBN 9780195361667
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Title: The Sanctity of Rural Life
Author: Shelley Baranowski