Negotiating Historical Uses and Racist Abuses: A Publishing History of Mein Kampf
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
Doctoral Student, Department of History