As Midlarsky puts it, "the periods of German subordination , gain , and loss conform to the expectations" p. In pursuing his framework, however, the author seems to me at times to approach an empathetic understanding of Nazi behavior. For example, he argues that Heinrich Himmler's views stemmed partially from the murder at the end of World War I of "seven members of the Thule society, a conservative aristocratic society that gave rise to the German Workers' Party, later to become the NSDAP under Hitler's leadership" p.
When dealing with contemporary radical Islamist movements, Midlarsky problematically includes Saddam Hussein's defeat p. Maybe, but Saddam Hussein of course was essentially a secular atheist who began to use Islam opportunistically only late in his murderous career, when other options weakened.
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