Hitler and Nazi Germany: A History

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This brief yet comprehensive survey of the Third Reich, based on current research findings, provides a balanced approach in examining Hitler's role in the history of the Third Reich.Coverage encompasses the economic, social, and political forces that made possible the rise and growth of Nazism as well as the institutional, cultural, and social life of the Third Reich; the Second World War; and the Holocaust.For general readers who want a deeper understand of this period in German history.

Author Biography

Jackson Spielvogel is associate professor emeritus of history at The Pennsylvania State University.  He received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, where he specialized in Reformation history under Harold J. Grimm. His articles and reviews have appeared in such journals as Moreana, Journal of General Education, Catholic Historical Review, Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte , and American Historical Review. He has also contributed chapters or articles to The Social History of the Reformation, The Holy Roman Empire: A Dictionary Handbook, Simon Wiesenthal Center Annual of Holocaust Studies, and Utopian Studies. His work has been supported by fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation for study and research in Nürnberg, Germany, and the Foundation for Reformation Research. At Penn State, he helped inaugurate the Western civilization courses as well as a popular course on Nazi Germany. He is the author of Western Civilization, published in 1991 (seventh edition, 2009). He is the coauthor (with William Duiker) of World History, first published in 1998 (sixth edition, 2010), and The Essential World History (third edition, 2008).


Professor Spielvogel has won five major university-wide teaching awards. He held the Penn State Teaching Fellowship, the university's most prestigious teaching award in 1988-1989. In 1996 he won the Dean Arthur Ray Warnock Award for Outstanding Faculty Member and in 2000 the Schreyer Honors College Excellence in Teaching Award.



David Redles received his Ph.D. in history from Pennsylvania State University and is currently associate professor of history at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio. He is author of Hitler’s Millennial Reich: Apocalyptic Belief and the Search for Salvation (hardcover: 2005, paperback: 2008). He also contributed essays to the following publications: The Fundamentalist Mindset: Psychological Perspectives on Religion, Violence, and History, Charles B. Strozier and David M. Terman, and James W. Jones, eds. (2010); End of Days: Essays on the Apocalypse from Antiquity to Modernity, Karolyn Kinane and Michael A. Ryan, eds. (2009); and War in Heaven/Heaven on Earth: Theories of the Apocalyptic, Glen McGhee and Stephen O’Leary, eds. (2005).


Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
About the Authorsp. x
Introductionp. 1
Europe in the Nineteenth Centuryp. 1
Imperial Germanyp. 3
The Impact of World War Ip. 6
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 8
Beginnings: Weimar Germany and the Rise of Hitler and Nazismp. 10
Weimar Germanyp. 10
Hitler and the Emergence of the Nazi Party (1889-1920)p. 24
The Munich Politician and the Early Nazi Party (1920-1923)p. 32
First Attempt at Powerp. 38
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 41
The Growth and Victory of Nazism 1924-1934p. 45
New Beginnings: The Rebuilding of the Nazi Party, 1924-1929p. 45
The Climb to Power, 1930-1933p. 56
The Consolidation of Power, 1933-1934p. 69
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 81
The Nazi State 1933-1939p. 83
The Hitler Statep. 84
Economic and Social Developmentsp. 90
Instrument of Terror: The SS Police Statep. 102
Legal and Judicial Systemsp. 109
The Churchesp. 110
The Militaryp. 114
Public Opinion and Resistance in the Third Reichp. 116
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 118
The Dictatorp. 121
Hitler's Personalityp. 122
Hitler as Messianic Leaderp. 126
Hitler the Oratorp. 128
Hitler as an Ideologistp. 131
Propaganda and Mass Meetingsp. 137
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 144
Culture and Society in Nazi Germanyp. 146
Culturep. 146
The Manipulation of Youthp. 158
Educationp. 163
Women in the Third Reichp. 166
Family and Population Policyp. 172
Sex and Moralsp. 174
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 178
Hitler's Warp. 182
Prelude to Warp. 182
World War IIp. 199
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 217
Nazi Germany in Wartimep. 220
The New Orderp. 220
The Home Front: Civil Life in Wartime Germanyp. 230
Resistance in Wartime Germanyp. 243
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 252
The Holocaustp. 255
Hitler's Racial Ideologyp. 255
Anti-Semitism in Germanyp. 257
Anti-Jewish Policies, 1933-1939p. 259
The Final Solutionp. 265
The Other Holocaustp. 283
Questions about the Holocaustp. 284
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 287
Conclusionsp. 292
The War Crimes Trialsp. 292
The Significance of Nazismp. 293
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 296
Glossaryp. 297
Indexp. 298
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