The Manipulation of the American Mind: Edward Bernays and the Birth of Public Relations

Edward Bernays applied the principles of propaganda to marketing. Bruce Henschel/Flickr While no single person can claim exclusive credit for the ascendancy of advertising in American life, no one deserves credit more than a man most of us have never heard of: Edward Bernays. By Dr. Richard Gunderman / 07.09.2015 Professor of Medicine, Liberal Arts, and Philanthropy Indiana[…]

Top Five Myths about Hitler

Eva Braun and Adolf Hitler / Wikimedia Commons Many untrue facts about Hitler have been surprisingly resilient. By Dr. Thomas Weber / 11.08.2017 Chair in History & International Affairs University of Aberdeen 1. Hitler was really called Schicklgruber. Would Germans have been prepared to greet each other with a hearty ‘Heil Schicklgruber’ every day? Could Hitler have[…]

How Hitler Used a Lie about November 9 as the Foundation for the Third Reich

Making of a demagogue. Wikimedia The Nazi fuhrer’s story about his ‘resurrection’ in 1918 is an important lesson for today. By Dr. Thomas Weber / 11.08.2017 Chair in History & International Affairs University of Aberdeen  As Adolf Hitler worked on his secret first autobiography in the summer of 1923, he faced a problem. He had decided that in Adolf Hitler:[…]

Building Hitler’s Supergun: The Plot to Destroy London and Why It Failed

Mimoyecques, in Calais, where Hitler built his supergun. Prioryman Hitler’s plan for a weapon that would outgun the allies was doomed – but one engineer has been trying to find out how it worked. By Dr. Hugh Hunt / 11.21.2015 Reader in Engineering Dynamics and Vibration University of Cambridge The V-3 “supergun” was meant to win the war for Germany. In 1943,[…]

The Making of the Führer

A young Adolf Hitler cheering the rhetoric World War I. How the Great War spawned a tyrant. By Paul Ham / 06.24.2018 The collapse of any society brings forth monsters, to adapt Goya. In this sense, there was nothing uniquely German about the Nazis. Hitler and the National Socialist party he created could have happened[…]