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Thomas Weber

Thomas Weber is Professor of History and International Affairs at the University of Aberdeen. He has held positions and fellowships at Harvard, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Chicago, and the University of Glasgow. His latest book on how Hitler became a Nazi was recently published in Dutch by Nieuw Amsterdam and in German by Propyläen. The book is forthcoming in English, published by Basic Books and Oxford University Press, under the title of “Becoming Hitler: The Making of a Demagogue”. Follow Thomas Weber on Twitter at Thomas__Weber (note the double underscore in the twitter name)

Trump’s playbook is not “Mein Kampf”, nor did Hitler play the role of a Chaplinesque clown

By Thomas Weber

Throughout the American election campaign, journalist Ron Rosenbaum resisted media requests to draw parallels between Donald Trump and the subject of his 1998 bestseller Explaining Hitler: The Search for the Origins of his Evil. Yet everything has changed for Rosenbaum since the day of Trump’s inauguration as 45th President of the United States of America. In a recent piece for the Los Angeles Review of Books, he urged his readers to look at the striking similarities of Hitler and Trump in power.

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Pretending Hillary’s defeat was about neo-liberalism, rather than misogyny, provides wrong lessons

By Thomas Weber

As the shock at Donald Trump’s victory amongst Democrats has turned into post-electoral soul-searching, both Naomi Wolf and Naomi Klein declared that Hillary Clinton’s loss was “not a gender defeat”. For the heroines of the Occupy Movement, Clinton lost because she is Hillary of Wall Street. Theirs is a bizarre argument. It is a classic case in which ideology trumps reason and fact-based analysis.

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The Future of Liberal Democracy Hangs in the Air Today, even though Donald Trump is not Hitler 2.0

By Thomas Weber

It is not hyperbole to state that the future of liberal democracy is at stake when Americans go to the polls today. If Donald Trump will emerge victorious from his contest with Hillary Clinton, the future of liberal democracy will be in peril.

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