Negotiating Historical Uses and Racist Abuses: A Publishing History of Mein Kampf

Brendan Fay
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The history of Hitler's Mein Kampf is a study in extremes. It has continued to serve in an equally indispensable role between those seeking to disseminate it's hateful message, and others seeking to ensure that the terrible lessons of the twentieth-century are never forgotten. An examination of it's publishing history in the form of the various editions which the book assumed over the course of the Third Reich, reveal striking parallels with the popularity, foreign policy aims and ideology of the regime with which it became identified. The paper also examines some popular responses to Mein Kampf, both in Europe and America, confirming that individuals who remained alive to the real dangers posed by Nazism largely did so through readings of Hitler's monograph. The paper closes with a brief overview of copyright issues and current reception in non-Western locales.

Keywords: Hitler, Nazism, Anti-Semitism, Nationalism, Germany, Mein Kampf
Stream: Books, Writing and Reading
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
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Brendan Fay

Doctoral Student, Department of History
Department of Library and Information Science, Indiana University

Bloomington, Indiana, USA

I am third-year graduate student pursuing a Dual Master’s degree in History and Library & Information Science and PhD in Modern European History. I study Modern Europe with particular attention to Germany in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. As a cultural and intellectual historian, much of my work focuses on the role of high culture, especially music, amongst German elites in constructing the nation prior to unification. My current research examines German pianists in other national contexts, examining issues of race, ethnicity and authenticty as they relate to concert performance practice. I am also interested in aesthetic theory, nationalism and comparative history, with a particular emphasis on Franco-German relations over the long nineteenth-century. My library and information science interests include collection management in the humanities, bibliometrics and academic librarianship.

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