The Third Reich

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  • Edition: 4th
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  • Copyright: 2011-02-24
  • Publisher: Routledge

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One of our best-selling Seminar Studies titles, The Third Reich#xA0;was both revised and substantially enlarged in a third edition in 2002, yet much new research has appeared in recent years. The new fourth edition will incorporate new findings and#xA0;with an#xA0;additional section on the German Home Front will become the most up-to-date introduction in the field.

Author Biography

David G. Williamson has written extensively on modern German and European history. Among his recent publications are Poland Betrayed: The Nazi Soviet Invasions of 1939 (Pen and Sword, 2009) and, also in the Seminar Studies series, Bismarck and Germany, 3rd edition (2010). Formerly head of history at Highgate School, he is now a writer and freelance lecturer.

Table of Contents

Publisher's acknowledgementsp. xiii
Chronologyp. xv
Who's whop. xx
Glossaryp. xxxv
Mapsp. xlv
Introductionp. 1
The Historical Debatep. 3
Can the Third Reich be 'historicised'?p. 5
Analysisp. 7
The Origins and Rise of National Socialismp. 9
The ideological rootsp. 9
The Bismarckian Reich: an incubator of National Socialism?p. 10
The German revolution, 1918-19: a turning point that did not turn?p. 11
the formation of the NSDAP, 1919-24p. 12
The renaissance of the Nazi Party, 1925-30p. 14
Nazi voters, 1930-32p. 17
The road to power, September 1930-January 1933p. 18
The Legal Revolution and the Consolidation of Power, 1933-34p. 21
The dissolution of the Reichstag and the election of 5 March 1933p. 21
The 'revolution from below' and the Enabling Actp. 23
The process of Gleichschaltungp. 25
The churchesp. 27
The defeat of the second revolutionp. 28
State, Party and Führer: The Government of Nazi Germany, 1933-39p. 33
Ministries and 'Supreme Reich Authorities', 1933-38p. 33
Himmler and the SS statep. 35
The centralisation of the Reichp. 37
The civil servicep. 37
The Partyp. 38
The role of Hitlerp. 41
The Economy, 1933-39p. 43
Work creation and economic recovery, 1933-35p. 43
Agriculturep. 45
The Mittelstandp. 47
Schacht and the financing of German rearmamentp. 48
The Four Year Planp. 49
The industrialists and the Four Year Plan: winners and losersp. 51
Rearmament and the German economy, 1937-39p. 52
The People's Community: German Society and the Third Reich, 1933-39p. 55
The work of the Reich Ministry of Popular Enlightenment and Propagandap. 55
Education and youthp. 57
The peasantryp. 60
Women and the familyp. 61
The workersp. 64
Policing the Volksgemeinschaftp. 67
The Hitler myth as a factor of integrationp. 68
The Racial Statep. 69
Nazi health and eugenic policiesp. 69
The 'asocials' and homosexualsp. 71
Gypsies, part-Africans and the Slav minoritiesp. 71
The Jewsp. 72
The Germans and the Jewsp. 77
Foreign Policy, 1933-39p. 78
Hitler's priorities, 1933-37p. 80
The Anschlussp. 84
The destruction of Czechoslovakiap. 86
The Polish crisis and the outbreak of warp. 89
Germany, Europe and the World, 1939-45p. 92
The British problem, 1940-41p. 93
The decision to attack Soviet Russiap. 95
From European to world war, 1941-45p. 96
Europe under German occupation, 1939-44p. 97
'Ethnic cleansing' and settlement policies in Eastern Europep. 102
The Holocaustp. 104
The Home Front, 1939-45p. 108
Disintegration of the Führer statep. 108
The increasing power of the Nazi Party and the SSp. 109
The war economyp. 112
Food supplies and rationingp. 115
Solving the labour crisis in the war industriesp. 115
The impact of war on the German people, 1942-45p. 118
The end of the Hitler regimep. 120
Postscript to the Third Reich: the Dönitz governmentp. 121
The German Oppositionp. 123
Resistance and Resistenzp. 124
Opposition from the Churchesp. 125
Opposition on the Leftp. 127
The challenge of youth culturep. 128
Resistance by the military and conservative elitesp. 130
The road to 20 July 1944p. 132
Why was there no German revolution in 1945?p. 134
Assessmentp. 137
The Third Reich in Retrospectp. 139
Hitler's rise to powerp. 139
The Nazi regimep. 140
How 'modern' was the Third Reich?p. 141
The legacy of Nazi Germanyp. 142
Documentsp. 145
The nature of fascismp. 146
Hermann Rauschning on the aims of Nazism, 1938p. 146
The party programmep. 147
Hitler's powers as an oratorp. 150
Working within the constitutionp. 150
Hitler as saviourp. 151
Why the Centre Party voted for the Enabling Billp. 151
Goebbels and the Reich Ministry of Popular Enlightenment and Propagandap. 152
Hitler's speech to the Reichsstatthalter, 6 July 1933p. 153
Hitler's plans for the armyp. 153
Papen warns Hitler on 17 June 1934p. 154
Hitler's lifestylep. 154
'Working towards the Führer'p. 155
A British view of Hitlerp. 156
The number of unemployed (in millions)p. 156
The Four Year Planp. 156
Achievements of the Four Year Plan, 1936-42p. 158
Gross national product and military expenditure in Germany, the USA and Britain, 1933-45p. 159
A Nazi history syllabusp. 160
The League of German Girlsp. 161
Women's place in the Nazi statep. 161
Population statisticsp. 162
The egalitarian statep. 162
'Do-it-yourself' wage bargainingp. 163
Labour relations and the Gestapop. 164
The impact of the 'Beauty of Labour' and 'Strength through Joy' schemesp. 164
Development of wages and cost of living index, 1929-40p. 165
Average gross hourly earnings in selected industries, 1935-38p. 166
Hitler on the racial statep. 166
Himmler's circular on the 'gypsy nuisance'p. 167
Hitler and the Jewsp. 168
Hitler threatens the Jews with annihilationp. 169
Hitler's thinking on foreign policy in Mein Kampfp. 169
The Hossbach Memorandump. 170
Hitler surveys the international situation, 22 August 1939p. 172
Hitler gives the order to prepare for an attack on the USSRp. 173
The Einsatzgruppenp. 174
German treatment of Russian prisoners of warp. 174
Resettlement policies in Polandp. 175
Hitler's racial prioritiesp. 176
The Wannsee Conferencep. 176
Comparison between the British and German war effortsp. 177
The inefficiencies of labour conscriptionp. 177
The strains of war on the familyp. 178
The Swing Movementp. 179
The Confessing Church emphasises the Fifth Commandment, 1943p. 179
Individual acts of oppositionp. 180
General von Tresckow on the significance of the oppositionp. 181
Contrasting attitudes towards Hitler in March 1945p. 182
Guide to Further Readingp. 183
Referencesp. 190
Indexp. 196
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