My name is Marc Mulholland. I am a Fellow (lecturer and tutor) in the History Faculty of Oxford University. My College is St Catherine's. I come from Ireland.

This is a blog relating to my book published in 2012 by Oxford University Press, Bourgeois Liberty and the Politics of Fear: From Absolutism to Neo-Conservativism.
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The thesis my book is examining was rather pithily summarised by Leon Trotsky in 1939: "Wherever the proletariat appeared as an independent force, the bourgeoisie shifted to the camp of the counter-revolution. The bolder the struggle of the masses, the quicker the reactionary transformation of liberalism." [Context is here]

However, my book isn't a defence of Trotskyism, or indeed any particular ideology. It's a study of an idea that took shape in Left, Right, and Centre variations.

This blog has tid-bits not included in the book, and other thoughts that occur.

You can see book details at the
OUP website.

Friday, 22 June 2012

Who supported the Nazis?

John Wheeler-Bennett was a British Tory man-about-town, historian, and witness to the rise of the Nazis. This was his estimate of who supported the Nazis in the run-off presidential election of April 1932, when the incumbent Hindenburg defeated Hitler: "the upper classes of the Protestant north, the German Crown Prince, the great industrialists of the Ruhr and the Rhineland, and the powerful agrarian interests". Supporting Hindenburg were "the embattled forces of the very elements he had fought and defeated in 1925: the Centre Party and the Roman Catholic Church, the Social Democrats and the trade unions, and the Jews." [Sir John Wheeler-Bennett, Knaves, Fools and Heroes: Europe Between the Wars (London, 1974), 50.]


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