- Weimar Germany & the Nazi Rise to Power
- The Nazi State & German Society
- The Nazi Racial State
- Nazi Germany at War
- Writing the History of Nazi Germany
The authoritarian leadership style of Adolf Hitler translated into his military strategy in his resistance to take the knowledgeable recommendations of his cabinet and his determination to command personally and make decisions in solidarity. Hitler is appointed chancellor in early 1933 with an expectation from the political sphere of Germany that he could be restrained. Nonetheless Hitler establishes himself as a totalitarian ruler; ultimate authority rests with him and extends downwards. The Führerprinzip leadership style significantly influences Hitler’s military command approach and is the fundamental political authority in the governmental style of the Nazi regime. This style of leadership was not exclusive to Nazi Germany and was common among other fascist regimes in Europe during the early 20th century.