WHAT: Digging Deeper LXX: Conjuring Hitler
WHO: Led by Mark Jensen
WHEN: Monday, January 26, 2009 -- 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Mandolin Café, 3923 South 12th St., Tacoma, WA 98405
United for Peace
of Pierce County
January 26, 2009
UFPPC study circle
DIGGING DEEPER LXX: Conjuring Hitler
On Jan. 26, Digging Deeper will examine Guido Giacomo Preparata’s Conjuring Hitler: How Britain and America Made the Third Reich (Pluto Press, April 2005). -- This volume, whose author has taught at the University of Washington-Tacoma, was called "bold and feisty" by one reader. It argues that “Hitler's extraordinary rise to power was in fact facilitated — and eventually facilitated — by the British and American political classes during the decade following World War I."
Analyzing German history from 1900 to 1945, Preparata lays out evidence of the importance of Anglo-American geopolitical interests in the early 20th century. He argues that Great Britain, frightened at the prospect of an alliance of Germany and Russia, used the Bank of England to exercise control over Weimar Germany as a "puppet regime" that "incubated" Nazism, and that Anglo-American financial institutions backed Hitler financially and enabled the Nazis to seize power.
Preparata shows during this time the Nazi movement was not regarded as an aberration, but rather as an acceptable means of destabilizing Europe and driving Germany into conflict with Stalinist Russia and of preventing the formation of a rival continental power bloc. This "cool-headed, calculated plot" was, Preparata says, "possibly the most atrocious manifestation of machiavellism in modern history."
A PDF file of the preface to Conjuring Hitler can be read here.
Guido Giacomo Preparata was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and raised in the U.S., France, and Italy. He completed his Ph.D. in Political Economy and Economic History at the University of Southern California in 1998. He taught in Jordan as a Fulbright Fellow in 2005-2006, and recently published another volume, The Ideology of Tyranny: Bataille, Foucault, and the Postmodern Corruption of Political Dissent (Palgrave Macmillan, September 2007). A profile of Preparata can be read here.
Since July 2004, United for Peace of Pierce County has been conducting “Digging Deeper,” a Monday-evening book discussion group, often in the form of a study circle. Topics have included peak oil, climate change, the corporation, torture, Iran, U.S.-Iran relations, the writings of Robert Baer, Islam, American immigration policy, Barack Obama and the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., Saul Alinsky’s life and writings, war and human nature, parallels between the U.S. and ancient Rome, the sustainability revolution, resource issues, and the debt crisis, as well as abiding themes of war, peace, politics, and social change. Occasionally, the group has spent several weeks reading longer works, like Daniel Yergin’s The Prize or Robert Fisk’s The Great War for Civilisation.
DIGGING DEEPER meets every Monday from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Mandolin Café, 3923 S. 12th St., Tacoma, WA.