Hitler and Nazi Germany : A History

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  • Edition: 5th
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  • Copyright: 2005-01-01
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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This text is appropriate for introductory college level courses on 20th Century Germany History, the History of Nazi Germany, or 20th Century European History.The text is a brief, yet comprehensive survey of the Third Reich based on current research findings and written for students and general readers who want a deeper view of this period in German history. This text provides a balanced approach in examining Hitler's role in the history of the Third Reich. Coverage ranges from 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.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
Europe in the Nineteenth Centuryp. 1
The Impact of World War Ip. 3
Imperial Germanyp. 4
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. 20
The Munich Politician and the Early Nazi Party (1920-1923)p. 28
First Attempt at Powerp. 36
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 39
The Growth and Victory of Nazism 1924-1934p. 42
New Beginnings: The Rebuilding of the Nazi Party, 1924-1929p. 42
The Climb to Power, 1930-1933p. 53
The Consolidation of Power, 1933-1934p. 68
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 80
The Nazi State 1933-1939p. 82
The Hitler Statep. 83
Economic and Social Developmentsp. 90
Instrument of Terror: The SS Police Statep. 103
Legal and Judicial Systemsp. 110
The Churchesp. 111
The Militaryp. 116
Public Opinion and Resistance in the Third Reichp. 117
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 121
The Dictatorp. 124
Hitler's Personalityp. 125
Hitler as Messianic Leaderp. 131
Hitler the Oratorp. 133
Hitler as an Ideologistp. 135
Propaganda and Mass Meetingsp. 142
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 150
Culture and Society in Nazi Germanyp. 153
Culturep. 153
The Manipulation of Youthp. 167
Educationp. 172
Women in the Third Reichp. 177
Family and Population Policyp. 182
Sex and Moralsp. 185
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 189
Hitler's Warp. 192
Prelude to Warp. 192
World War IIp. 211
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 229
Nazi Germany in Wartimep. 233
The New Orderp. 233
The Home Front: Civil Life in Wartime Germanyp. 243
Resistance in Wartime Germanyp. 258
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 267
The Holocaustp. 269
Hitler's Racial Ideologyp. 269
Anti-Semitism in Germanyp. 272
Anti-Jewish Policies, 1933-1939p. 273
The Final Solutionp. 277
The Jewish View of the Holocaustp. 287
The Other Holocaustp. 298
Questions About the Holocaustp. 298
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 302
Conclusionsp. 305
The War Crimes Trialsp. 305
The Significance of Nazismp. 306
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 309
Glossaryp. 311
Indexp. 313
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Hitler's Third Reich continues to be the object of study of many historians and writers. I am grateful for the opportunity to incorporate new material and suggestions from readers in this fifth edition of my book. Throughout the book I have made revisions, added new material, and thoroughly updated the bibliographies at the end of each chapter.Nazi Germany had its formal beginnings in the appointment of Adolf Hitler as chancellor of Germany on January 30, 1933. Hitler and the Nazis believed that they would create a Third Reich that would last a thousand years. And yet, within a brief twelve years, despite their creation of a powerful Germany and the conquest of much of Europe, they ended up totally destroyed.The world has not forgotten the enormity of Nazi crimes against humanity. The name Hitler and the word Nazis have become virtually synonymous with evil. Historians, philosophers, and many others have struggled to explain how and why such a phenomenon as Nazi Germany could ever have occurred in the twentieth century, and especially in a country with such a humanistic cultural heritage. While massive biographies and hundreds of specialized books on various aspects of the Third Reich have been written, my purpose in writing this book has been to provide a brief but comprehensive survey of the Third Reich based on current research findings. It is intended for general readers who want a deeper view of this short period in German history. As seen in the title, I have emphasized the person of Adolf Hitler. Although I do not believe that individuals alone determine the course of history, there is no doubt in my mind that Hitler played a crucial role in the history of the Third Reich. I have sought, however, to present a balanced picture that examines Hitler's role; the economic, social, and political forces that made possible the rise and development of Nazism; the institutional, cultural, and social life of the Third Reich; World War 11; and the Holocaust. I have approached World War II and the Holocaust as logical outcomes of the ideology of Hitler and the Nazi movement. I have discussed these subjects both chronologically and thematically.One of my major interests in writing this book has been in putting the story back in history. I believe that a combination of good analysis and narrative is both possible and desirable. Narrative history conveys the lessons of the past well and is the form that best aids remembrance. I am convinced that an understanding of the Nazi era today is crucial if we are to avoid a repetition of similar events.

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