The Syntactic Preferences of Adolf Hitler in His Declaration of War on Poland

by Margaret Hodges Eskew (Author)
Monographs XIV, 185 Pages
Series: History and Language, Volume 1


This linguistic investigation into the form of Hitler’s language reveals the wide range of Hitler’s linguistic prowess, identifies definite structural preferences, refutes several popular myths surrounding Hitler’s language competency, suggests possible correlations between form and communicative intent, and contributes to the inventory of rhetorical devices. A culmination of over a decade of interdisciplinary research into the emergence of Hitler as dictator of Germany, the preconditions, and the ensuing effects on Germany, this book is a direct outgrowth of a course on the literature of the Third Reich, which Professor Eskew instituted in the late Seventies at Dillard University in New Orleans. Professor Eskew also provides a scholarly and critical review of literature in the field, accompanied by an extensive bibliography of more than 200 references to the language of Hitler and to selected studies on syntax.


XIV, 185
ISBN (Hardcover)
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., Oxford, Wien, 2000. XIV, 185 pp.

Biographical notes

Margaret Hodges Eskew (Author)

The Author: A veteran teacher, author, and administrator of language programs, Margaret Hodges Eskew received a B.A. in German from the University of New Orleans, an M.A. in German Literature from Tulane, and a Ph.D. in German from Georgetown. Currently teaching German in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages at Tulane University in New Orleans, Professor Eskew is the former Chair of Languages at Xavier University in New Orleans. She also served as Founding Director for the Center for Intercultural Studies and the International Leadership Academy at Xavier University. Professor Eskew served on the Louisiana Task Force for Cultural Diversity, chaired the Congress-Bundestag Selection Committee for over a decade, and for five years was president of the Louisiana Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German. A Fulbright scholar, Professor Eskew instituted the major of German at Dillard University, and developed a course on the literature of the Third Reich, the impetus for this book. She also translated for the late Horst Bienek, chronicler of German World War II experiences.


Title: The Syntactic Preferences of Adolf Hitler in His Declaration of War on Poland