Edgar Julius Jung, Right-Wing Enemy of the Nazis
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16th January 2017

308 Pages

22.8 x 15.2 cm

4 b/w. Illustrations

Series: German History in Context

Imprint: Camden House

Edgar Julius Jung, Right-Wing Enemy of the Nazis

A Political Biography

by Roshan Magub

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Fills a serious gap in German historical literature by providing the first political biography of Jung, a leading figure of the anti-Nazi Right.
By the time of his death, Edgar Julius Jung (1894-1934) was well known in Germany and Europe as one of the foremost ideologues of the political movement that called itself the Conservative Revolution and as a right-wing opponent of the Nazis. He was speechwriter for and confidant of Franz von Papen (first Hitler's predecessor as chancellor, then Hitler's vice-chancellor), which put him at the center of political events right up until the Nazi seizure of power. Considered by Baldur von Schirach and Goebbels to be one of the worst enemies of the Nazis, Jung was assassinated by the Nazi regime in June 1934. The eleven years of Nazi rule that followed contributed to Jung's neglect by historians, as did distaste, since the war's end and the founding of the Federal Republic on democratic principles, for his strongly antidemocratic stance.
Although there have been several studies on Jung's political thought,there has been until now no biography in German or English. Roshan Magub's book therefore fills a serious gap in German historical literature. It shows that Jung's opposition to National Socialism dates from the earliest days andthat he had a very close relationship with the Ruhr industry, which supported him financially and enabled him to reach a nationwide audience. Magub uses, for the first time, all the available material from the archives in Munich,Koblenz, Cologne, and Berlin, and the whole of Jung's Nachlass. Her book sheds new light on Jung and demonstrates his importance in Germany's political history.

Roshan Magub holds a PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London.
Introduction
Early Influences and the Shaping of the Personality (1894-1918)
Entry into Politics and the Fight against Separatism: Jung's Years in the Pfalz (1918-24)
Jung's Pursuit of Leadership of the Conservative Revolution (1925-31)
With Papen in the Eye of the Storm: The Final Years (1932-34)
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index
"With her comprehensive treatment, Roshan Magub closes a gap in the research...She succeeds very well in chronicling both editions of Jung's major work, The Rule of the Inferior...With her study of Edgar Jung, Magub has put forth an important contribution on the person behind the political writer." Hubert Seliger, H-SOZ-KULT
"[An] insightful and richly informative political biography of the young conservative activist. . . . This is . . . a good book well worth reading. It is a careful and judicious account of Jung's short life that sheds important new light on the career of one of the most enigmatic figures on the German Right during this period." Larry Eugene Jones, CENTRAL EUROPEAN HISTORY
"The strength of the study . . . is the detailed and logically consistent evaluation of archival material, especially of Jung's unpublished works. Thus [Magub has contributed] an analysis of the political development of one of the leading 'Young Conservatives' of the Weimar Republic that no future research into the 'conservative revolution' can ignore." HISTORISCHE ZEITSCHRIFT
"Without a doubt this book will be an important source for all further work on Jung." CATO

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Title Details

16th January 2017

308 Pages

2.28 x 1.52 cm

4 b/w. Illustrations

Series: German History in Context

Imprint: Camden House