The Third Reich at War

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  • Copyright: 2009-03-19
  • Publisher: Penguin Press HC, The

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The final volume in Richard J. Evans' masterly trilogy on the history of Nazi Germany traces the rise and fall of German military might, the mobilization of a "people's community" to serve a war of conquest, and Hitler's campaign of racial subjugation and genocide Already hailed as "a masterpiece" (William Grimes in The New York Times) and "the most comprehensive history of the Third Reich" (Ian Kershaw), this epic trilogy reaches its terrifying climax in this volume. Evans interweaves a broad narrative of the war's progress with viscerally affecting personal testimony from a wide range of people, from generals to front-line soldiers, from Hitler Youth activists to middle-class housewives. The Third Reich at Warlays bare the dynamics of a nation more deeply immersed in war than any society before or since. Fresh insights into the conflict's great events are here, from the invasion of Poland to the Battle of Stalingrad to Hitler's suicide in the bunker. But just as important is the re-creation of the daily experience of ordinary Germans in wartime, staggering under pressure from Allied bombing and their own government's mounting demands upon them. At the center of the book is the Nazi extermination of Europe's Jews, set in the context of Hitler's genocidal plans for the racial restructuring of Europe. Blending narrative, description and analysis, The Third Reich at Warcreates an engrossing pictureżat once sweeping and precise, of a society rushing headlong to self-destruction and taking much of Europe with it. It is the culmination of a historical masterwork that will remain the most authoritative work on Nazi Germany for years to come.

Author Biography

Richard J. Evans is professor of modern history at Cambridge University. His previous books include In Defense of History, Lying About Hitler, and the companions to this title, The Coming of the Third Reich and The Third Reich in Power.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
List of Mapsp. xii
Prefacep. xiii
'Beasts in Human Form'
Lightning Victoryp. 3
The New Racial Orderp. 28
'A Dreadful Rabble'p. 48
'Life Unworthy of Life'p. 75
Fortunes of War
'The Work of Providence'p. 109
'Pathological Ambition'p. 146
Operation Barbarossap. 167
In The Tracks of Napoleonp. 191
'The Final Solution'
'No Pity, Nothing'p. 217
Launching Genocidep. 242
The Wannsee Conferencep. 260
'Like Sheep to the Slaughter'p. 282
The New Order
The Sinews of Warp. 321
'No Better Off Than Pigs'p. 346
Under the Nazi Heelp. 373
Total Warp. 403
'The Beginning of the End'
Germany in Flamesp. 435
The Long Retreatp. 467
'Hell has Broken Out'p. 483
A New 'Time of Struggle'p. 506
German Moralities
Fear and Guiltp. 541
Cultures of Destructionp. 563
Deadly Sciencep. 593
Resistancep. 614
'A Last Spark of Hope'p. 649
'We'll Take a World with US'p. 679
The Final Defeatp. 714
Aftermathp. 738
Notesp. 765
Bibliographyp. 839
Indexp. 874
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