One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The standardization of political, economic, and social institutions as carried out in authoritarian states.
- ‘The general process of Gleichschaltung concentrated the effective political and military power in the hands of Hitler to a degree unknown in Germany since the days of Frederick the Great.’
- ‘For most of the British population today, the notion that people could solve many of the problems of society without governmental Gleichschaltung is completely alien.’
- ‘Blomberg consistently promoted what he called this Gleichschaltung with the National Socialist philosophy until his dismissal at the end of January 1938.’
- ‘However, the association succumbed to Gleichschaltung in the hopes of maintaining a voice in educational policy.’
German, from gleich ‘same’ + schalten ‘force or bring into line’.
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