Nazism in Hollywood – A Historiographical Comparative Analysis of Two Accounts
Abstract: A telling demonstration of this plurality and intersection in methodological models of film history can be achieved through a comparative analysis of two historical accounts on the ‘collusion’ between Hollywood and the Nazi regime in the 1930s. These accounts are Ben Urwand’s The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler and Thomas Doherty’s Hollywood and Hitler: 1933-1939. These two historical accounts provide compelling insight into the operations of the film industry of the United States in the 1930s and 40s. The separate accounts share an understanding of how particular historiographical explanatory arguments structure history, but each account puts a different emphasis on these arguments.