"A first-hand description of the National-Socialist legal system, seen from the point of view of an anti-National-Socialist participating observer"

Fraenkel, Ernst. The Dual State. A Contribution to the Theory of Dictatorship.

New York / London / Toronto, Oxford University Press, 1941.

8vo. XVI, 248 pp. Publisher's original giltstamped red cloth with original dust jacket (spine a little stained, rear cover a littel sunnned with a short tear tp the upper edge).


First edition of this classic study of the totalitarian state.

After years of professional and underground resistance to Hitler's regime, the German lawyer Ernst Fraenkel (1898-1975) escaped Nazi Germany to the UK in 1938, subsequently emigrating to America in 1939, where he studied American law at the University of Chicago. During this period he revised and completed his manuscript of the present work that he had brought with him from Germany, discussing the political structure of the Nazi regime. It was translated by the young Edward Albert Shils, later a highly distinguished professor of sociology at the University of Chicago. Following the book's publication, Fraenkel became one of the founding fathers of German political science.

In excellent state of preservation. From the library of the Prague-born law historian Guido Kisch (1889-1985 in Basel), an outstanding scholar in medieval Jewish history at the Hebrew Union College and in Basel, with a 1980s provenance slip inserted.


OCLC 2062629.

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