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The Myth of the 20th Century - Alfred Rosenberg

The Myth of the 20th Century - Alfred Rosenberg

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The Myth of the Twentieth Century (German: Der Mythus des zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts) is a book by Alfred Rosenberg, one of the principal ideologues of the Nazi party and editor of the Nazi paper Völkischer Beobachter. It was the most influential Nazi text after Hitler's Mein Kampf.
Rosenberg was inspired by the racist theories of Houston Stewart Chamberlain, Richard Wagner's romanticism and also by Nordicism and Aryanism. He believed that God created man as separate races, not as individuals or mankind as a whole, and that all races have their own soul, although the Aryan race was superior to the others. The Myth of the Twentieth Century was conceived as a sequel to Chamberlain's The Foundations of the Nineteenth Century.
The Myth of the Twentieth Century (German: Der Mythus des zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts) is a book by Alfred Rosenberg, one of the principal ideologues of the Nazi party and editor of the Nazi paper Völkischer Beobachter. It was the most influential Nazi text after Hitler's Mein Kampf.
Rosenberg was inspired by the racist theories of Houston Stewart Chamberlain, Richard Wagner's romanticism and also by Nordicism and Aryanism. He believed that God created man as separate races, not as individuals or mankind as a whole, and that all races have their own soul, although the Aryan race was superior to the others. The Myth of the Twentieth Century was conceived as a sequel to Chamberlain's The Foundations of the Nineteenth Century.

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Alfred Rosenberg
 
'The Myth is the Myth of the Blood, which is the Awakening of the Soul of the Race.' 
CONTENTS
PrefaceBook One: The Conflict of ValuesChapter I. Race and Race SoulChapter II. Love and HonourChapter III. Mysticism and ActionBook Two: Nature of Germanic ArtChapter I. Racial AestheticsChapter II. Will And InstinctChapter III. Personality And StyleChapter IV. The Aesthetic WillBook Three: The Coming ReichChapter I. Myth And TypeChapter II. The State And The SexesChapter III. Folk And StateChapter IV. Nordic German LawChapter V. Church And SchoolChapter VI. A New System Of StateChapter VII. The Essential Unit
 
Preface
All present day struggles for power are outward effects of an inward collapse.All State systems of 1914 have already collapsed, even if in part they stillformally exist. Collapsed also have social, church and ideological creeds andvalues. No highest principle, no supreme idea governs undisputed the life of Folks. Group struggles against group, party against party, national valuesagainst international dogmas, rigid imperialism against spreading pacifism.Finance with its golden meshes swallows States and Folk, economy becomesnomadic, life is uprooted.The Great War, as the beginning of a world revolution in all domains, hasrevealed the tragic fact that, although millions sacrificed their lives, thissacrifice was to the advantage of forces other than those for which the armieswere ready to die. The dead of the war were victims of a catastrophic epochthat had lost all its values, but at the same time—and this is something which begins to be grasped in Germany today, even if so far by few—the martyrs of anew dawn, of a new faith. The blood which died, begins to live. In its mysticalsign the cells of the German Folkish soul renew themselves. Past and presentsuddenly appear in a new light, and for the future there results a new mission.History and the task of the future no longer signify the struggle of class againstclass or the conflict between one church dogma and another, but the settlement between blood and blood, race and race, Folk and Folk. And that means: thestruggle of spiritual values against each other.However, the values of the racial soul, which stand as driving forces behindthis new image of the world, have not yet become a living consciousness. Soulmeans race seen from within. And, conversely, race is the external side of asoul. To awaken the racial soul to life means to recognise its highest value, and,under its dominance, to allot to other values their organic position in the State,in art, and in religion. That is the task of our century; to create a new humantype out of a new view of life. And for this, courage is needed; courage of eachsingle individual, courage of the entire generation growing up, indeed of manyfollowing generations. For chaos has never been mastered by those withoutcourage, and a world has never been built by cowards. Whoever wishes to goforward, must therefore also burn bridges behind him. Whoever sets out on agreat journey, must leave old household goods behind. Whoever strives for what is highest, must turn his back on what is lesser. And to all doubts andquestions the new man of the coming great German Reich knows only oneanswer: I alone will triumph!Despite the fact that so many today agree with these words, nevertheless nocommunity can as yet be established on the basis of the ideas and conclusionslaid down in this work. These are personal avowals throughout, not points inthe program of the political movement to which I belong. This has its own greatspecial task, and as an organisation must keep itself remote from disputes of areligious, churchish political kind, as well as from the obligation to a definite philosophy of art or a fixed style of architecture. Thus it cannot also be made

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