Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Member

Dr. Michael Meng, Committee Chair

Committee Member

Dr. Steven Marks

Committee Member

Dr. Stephanie Barczewski


This thesis is about postwar interpretations of National Socialism. Its central aim is to contextualize Hannah Arendt as a major thinker and historian of Nazism. This thesis examines the Sonderweg or "special path" interpretation, as well as the critique of modernity, or what I refer to as the “dark modernity” thesis. It ultimately situates Arendt within the dark modernity thesis and notes her affinity to other scholarship within this interpretation of German history.



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