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The Fundamentalist MindsetPsychological Perspectives on Religion, Violence, and History$
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Charles B. Strozier, David M. Terman, James W. Jones, and Katherine A. Boyd

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195379655

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195379655.001.0001

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Ordering Chaos

Ordering Chaos

Nazi Millennialism and the Quest for Meaning

(p.156) 13 Ordering Chaos
The Fundamentalist Mindset

David Redles

Oxford University Press

Following an inexplicably lost war and witnessing a Germany in a state of perpetual collapse, some Germans were left confused and feeling hopeless. The chaos of modernity was interpreted as a sign of approaching apocalypse. This chapter shows how conversion to Nazism gave Germans a sense of hope and meaning. The fear of apocalyptic collapse was replaced with hope of a dawning millennial Reich of peace and prosperity, with all Volksgenossen (racial comrades) united for the betterment of all. National Socialism helped these individuals reconstruct a collapsed world into an ordered and consequently meaningful worldview.

Keywords:   fundamentalism, fundamentalist mindset, Nazis, Germans, Socialism, Hitler

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