Life in the Third Reich / Edition 1

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Few historical subjects are so emotion-laden as the Third Reich, and few have generated such general interest. The extermination of the Jews has, understandably, commanded considerable attention from historians and the general public, but this preoccupation with Nazi anti-Semitism has led people to overlook other aspects of life under the Third Reich.
This collection presents a broad view of life in Nazi Germany, describing the ways ordinary Germans perceived the policies and actions of the Third Reich, as well as how they lived their daily lives. Articles by noted historians provide fascinating insights into the character of the German people, describing such phenomena as the satisfaction German nationalists took in the orderliness of Hitler's takeover; the contradictory reactions of Germany's young people to the Nazi state; the powerful popular image of Hitler, created by the then new techniques of propaganda; and the way Germans today regard their experiences under Hitler. The articles presented here offer new perspectives on some of the most challenging questions of our time, and enrich our understanding of an awful chapter of German history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192802101
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 523,150
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 5.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Editor:
Richard Bessel is a Lecturer in History at The Open University, London, and the author of Political Violence and the Rise of Nazism.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Political Violence and the Nazi Seizure of Power 1
Village Life in Nazi Germany 17
Youth in the Third Reich 25
Hitler and the Germans 41
The Nazi State Reconsidered 57
Nazi Policy Against the Jews 69
Social Outcasts in the Third Reich 83
Good Times, Bad Times: Memories of the Third Reich 97
Suggestions for Further Reading 111
Notes on Contributors 115
Index 117
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  • Posted May 5, 2013

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    This is an older book but recommended.

    When I first saw this book I imagine I was thinking more of a ham and eggs approach. I wanted to know what everyday Germans did. That is to say, what did they eat for breakfast and dinner. Did they read or go to the movies. What were their recreational activities? These were the things I wanted to know. And, while Richard Bessel gives us important information, that information is not unlike what students of the Nazi regime have seen before. While a good effort, the title may be a little misleading.

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