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Diagnosing the Nazis

Toon, Wendy ORCID: (2016) Diagnosing the Nazis. In: Public Lecture, 21 July 2016, The Chapel, City Campus, University of Worcester. (Unpublished)

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One of the lesser known aspects of the American war effort during World War II was that a variety of experts from a number of academic and clinical disciplines including, sociologists, psychoanalysts, clinicians, anthropologists, psychologists, psychiatrists, historians, geographers, educationalists, columnists/commentators, political scientists, Asianists, philosophers, theologians, economists and filmmakers took it upon themselves, or were contracted via government or military service, to diagnose the contents of a disease, sometimes called Nazism, sometimes Germanism, sometimes Hitlerism or sometimes Prussianism. They became the Doctors and the German people and nation state, the patients, in this unique attempt to solve an exceptional problem: the problem of “what to do” with Germany. As Lawrence K. Frank, Chairman, Joint Committee on Postwar Planning explained: ‘a nation is a group of persons whose feelings and conduct approximate the modal patterns, therefore what they will think and do can be forecast with a high degree of reliability once we learn the basic patterns and regularities of their cultural traditions.’ This was the premise on which the Nazis were diagnosed.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D731 World War II
D History General and Old World > DD Germany
E History America > E151 United States (General)
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Wendy Toon
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2022 08:58
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2022 08:58

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