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Is Nazism Nationalism or Socialism or both?

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Is Nazism Nationalism or Socialism or both? (First Draft) Nazism is a combination of Nationalism and Socialism; however, the Nationalist principles of Nazism dwarf those of Socialism, in terms of importance. The Nazi party did indeed hold both Nationalistic and Socialist values but the Socialist values were very quickly left behind once the Nazis came to power and Hitler showed his extreme Nationalistic ideas. Because Nationalism and Socialism are such broad terms, I will, for the purpose of this essay, define them. Socialism is a set of principles that are intended to bring about social equality and harmony etc. Nationalism is a set of principles that are in the interest of the advancement of one's own country. It is wrong to assume that Nazism is, as the title of this essay suggests, made up of just Nationalistic and Socialist elements. ...read more.


In fact, many of the Nazi Nationalist policies were in obvious contradiction of Socialism. The industrialists and financiers did not face any action and the working class did not benefit from new rights or equality. Many historians accept that the only reason Hitler supported Socialism being in the Nazi Party manifesto and propaganda, was that it would entice many different sections of society into voting for the party. [Got stuck here, couldn't find/think of anything else to write about Socialism] Nationalism, on the other hand, has always been proved and portrayed as a fundamental Nazi belief. The Nazi Party had many strong Nationalistic policies, including, Lebensraum and the nullification of the terms of the Treaty of Versailles. Some extreme Nationalist ideas are better classed as Fascist values. ...read more.


The leadership cult that existed within the ranks of the Nazi Party created a common conception that the Fuhrer was almost a messianic figure, whose every word was to be obeyed and accepted as a righteous truth. Hitler was obsessed with race. According to Hitler, race is what separates the weak from the strong in this world and it is up to the strong race (the Aryans) to ensure that the weak are isolated so as to keep the bloodline of the strong pure. Policies like this were no more than Hitler's own, unique ideology. So, in conclusion, Nazism is a mix of not just Nationalism and Socialism. It is a combination of mainly Nationalism and Fascism that also includes Hitler's own ideology and a limited amount of Socialism. 1 Khalid Mahmood Razaq ...read more.

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