New Issue: The Sociography of National Socialism by Jürgen W. Falter (Journal for Historical Social Research)
The latest issue of the Journal for Historical Social Research (HSR) has been released: The Sociography of National Socialism (Jürgen W. Falter).
Who voted for Hitler? And who joined his party? These questions dominated Jürgen W. Falter’s research for more than 40 years. His results have managed to profoundly change the international state of research concerning the NSDAP’s votership. Of his groundbreaking work, eleven articles are now for the first time combined in one single book: The new HSR Supplement 25 (2013) gives not only a summary of Falter’s work but also shows a striking personal side of the political scientist who with his innovative analyses has shaped the German TV landscape like no other.
The scope of this Supplement covers electoral analyses including: methodological analyses of the status of electoral research on the NSDAP by completing an election analysis supported by aggregate data to determine the impact of unemployment on the rise of the NSDAP; the susceptibility of workers to National Socialism before 1933; voter fluctuation within and between political blocs in the Weimar Republic; an analysis of the two Hindenburg elections of 1925 and 1932; and a study of Austrian voters of the NSDAP between 1928 and 1932. Included in this supplement are also two studies about the membership of the NSDAP – one of which concerns the young membership of the NSDAP, the other the so-called “Märzgefallenen” of 1933. The compilation closes with two studies regarding post-war elections, which until today have yet to become an important topic of electoral analysis. One of the articles discusses the Landtag elections in the Soviet occupation zone in 1946, which are considered to be the first and last partly democratic elections before the Volkskammer election of 1990. The second considers the Bundestag elections of 1949, which also have yet to be adequately analyzed from a historical-electoral perspective.
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