A Concise History of the Third Reich / Edition 1

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Overview


About the Author:
Wolfgang Benz is Professor of History and Director of the Center for Research on Antisemitism at the Technische Universitat Berlin

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Does anyone really need yet another book on Nazi Germany? After the masterworks of Richard Evans's multivolume history and Ian Kershaw's two-volume biography of Hitler, a certain ennui sets in. Benz is a leading German historian, the director of Berlin's Center for Research on Antisemitism. In this book, he sets out to accomplish what he did previously in The Holocaust: provide a concise, authoritative account, this time for the entire history of the Third Reich. At this he succeeds. Everything is here: the rise of the Nazi movement, the establishment of the dictatorship, culture, war, Holocaust and, finally, the collapse. Yet the treatment is flat, almost textbooklike. So many of the major interpretive issues that have engaged historians worldwide and the broader public in Germany are absent. For instance, Benz writes of the Hitler youth organization, but overlooks the question of how to incorporate into our interpretation of the Third Reich the experience of girls in the organization who often felt a sense of emancipation from the strictures of home and church. What were the connections between other forms of persecution and the Holocaust? How modern was the Third Reich? A concise interpretive work would have made for a much more satisfying book. B&w photos. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Chronique/Kroniek

“A concise yet comprehensive survey of the state of scholarship for a general . . . audience.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520253834
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 12/17/2007
  • Series: Weimar and Now: German Cultural Criticism Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 699,345
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author


Wolfgang Benz is Professor of History and Director of the Center for Research on Antisemitism at the Technische Universität Berlin. Among his previous books is The Holocaust (1997).
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Table of Contents

Major political parties in Weimar Germany
Seats won by the major parties in national assembly (1919) and Reichstag elections (1920-1933)
From the First Reich to the Third Reich : a brief historical excursus 1
1 The "national revolution" 20
2 The consolidation of power 35
3 Crisis and the triumph of dictatorship 49
4 Society in the Nazi state 60
5 The Hitler state 83
6 Economic and social policy 97
7 Terror and persecution 113
8 Discontent and opposition 121
9 The persecution of the Jews 131
10 The road to war 155
11 Daily life in wartime Germany and the radicalization of the regime 171
12 Total war 190
13 The murder of the Jews 213
14 Resistance 234
15 Collapse 250
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