This concluding chapter draws out a number of themes that run throughout the book. Only by approaching the rise of the media within a longer-term framework and considering what was unique about Germany in international perspective can one adequately appreciate their social role. It advances a number of arguments: that the social and political impact of the media were powerfully influenced by local conditions; that they supported both processes of democratization and populist dictatorship; that their social impact depended on the precise nature of production and consumption; and that the major turning points in the story tended to be periods of upheaval and depression. In many respects mass culture under the Nazis was very much a part of broader trends; what most distinguished it was the violent and racist context in which it operated.
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