Slate Academy: Fascism

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Germany: Fascism’s Terrible Apogee

With the fourth episode, our Slate Academy arrives at the fascism that looms above all others.

Episode Notes

We arrive at the fascism that looms above all others: Germany’s National Socialism. We talk to Yale historian Timothy Snyder, author of Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning, about the ideological underpinnings of the Nazis’ particular brand of fascism.

Supplementary reading for this episode:

• Nicholas O’Shaughnessy, Selling Hitler: Propaganda and the Nazi Brand: Chapter 3: “Towards a Nazi Theory of Persuasion: The Primal Scream of Fascism.”
• Stanley Payne, A History of Fascism, 1914–1945: Chapter 6: “German National Socialism.”
• Detlev J.K. Peukert’s Inside Nazi Germany: Conformity, Opposition, and Racism in Everyday Life: Final section: “’National Comrades’ and ‘Community Aliens.’”
• Timothy Snyder, Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning.
• Zeev Sternhell, The Birth of Fascist Ideology.

About the Show

Join Rebecca Onion, June Thomas, and Joshua Keating for a Slate Academy that travels back in history to examine how fascism looked in the 20th century, then uses that knowledge to examine America and the world today. All episodes