I haven't done much research at all, but I'd call myself a Functionalist. Hitler was too opportunistic for anything else to be likely, and his establishment of the sort of shifting hierarchy of underlings who tried to anticipate his desires and show him fait accomplis again argues for Functionalism.
Functionalism. If you've ever worked within a bureaucracy you know how things easily gets their own life, forgotten within the structures and hierarchies of command, until you're not sure who ought to know what. As far as I know, Nazi bureaucracy was generally bad and didn't worked very well since statesmen wasn't statesmen first but instead nazis, who gotten said positions not due to brilliance but due to party sympathy, meaning something already prone to getting bloated and corrupt just made shit happen.
Who fucking cares? Sounds just like the type of bullshit a pseudo-historian would come up with for their new book. Either side of the argument has very limited evidence and it's too ambiguous to tell anyways, why should I care about the origin of the decision in one culture to destroy another?
>>566543 It was way worse than that. SOME of the bureaucracy was appointed on party loyalty.
When you say 'Nazi Beuracracy' you probably mean the Bureaucracy of the German state. But some purges aside, that remained intact and it's appointments normal.
BUT there were usually at least two or three party institutions, OR personal fiefdoms of Nazi officials that were part of neither the formal German State or the Nazi Party that had the exact same responsibilities.
For example, any particular economic matter could fall under the Ministry of Economics, or the Ministry of labor, OR it could be a matter for the German Workers Front, the party labor conglomerate, OR it could be decided upon by the office of the Plenipotentiary for the four year plans, and that's just in the broad strokes.
>>566548 Then he was probably functionalist in the carrying out of mass exterminations, but a general idea of ending the "Jewish problem" was always a goal from the start.
Though I'd caution against describing Hitler as pragmatic. When the war was going to shit and his generals needed weapons and supplies to be top priority on the railroads, he still insisted the transfer of Jews to work/death camps have precedence over all. Against his generals objections Hitler still felt solving the "Jewish problem" was necessary, even as the war effort suffered greatly from it.
>>566651 He's not a positivist, you're just a retard. Holding a belief due to rational, evidence, or understanding is not positivism, it's called not being an idiot. I encourage you to look up the definition of words before you use them.
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