Department Chair

Andrew D. Nicholls, Ph.D., Professor of History

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Open Access

Degree Name

History, M.A.


History and Social Studies Education Department


John D. Abromeit, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History

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First Reader

Georg G. Iggers, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University at Buffalo


This thesis will examine the writings and career/life paths of three conservative revolutionary intellectuals during the Weimar Republic and National Socialist Germany. The purpose of this examination is not only to provide an overview of the development of conservative revolutionary thought in Germany after World War I, but also to investigate the influence these intellectuals had on the National Socialists' seizure and consolidation of power. The works and lives of three important intellectuals will be examined: Carl Schmitt, Martin Heidegger, and Ernst Jünger. In combination with scholarly secondary literature, this thesis will be based mostly on translated primary writings.