The Nazi Dictatorship: Problems and Perspectives of Interpretation / Edition 4

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This widely-used text on the Nazi regime explores the complex issues historians face when they interpret the Third Reich. Kershaw expertly synthesizes data and evaluates complex historiography looking at the major themes and debates among scholars about Nazism. Drawing on the findings of a wide range of research, particularly the work of German scholars which has not been widely available in English editions, he uncovers interpretational problems, outlines the approaches taken by various historians, and provides clear evaluations of their positions.

This edition reflects current concerns and fresh research and contains substantial revisions to the chapter on "Hitler and the Jews" and an updated survey of recent historical work including Goldhagen's controversial book, Hitler's Willing Executioners.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The best short introduction to the study of Hitler's Germany."—European History Quarterly

"Unquestionably the most authoritative, balanced, readable, and meticulously documented introduction to the Third Reich that has yet appeared."—International History Review

"Impressive...acute...extraordinary."—English Historical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340760284
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Series: A Hodder Arnold Publication
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 674,112
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Sir Ian Kershaw is Professor of Modern History at the University of Sheffield, UK and an internationally acclaimed biographer of Hitler. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Historical Society.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the fourth edition
1 Historians and the problem of explaining Nazism 1
2 The essence of Nazism: form of fascism, brand of totalitarianism, or unique phenomenon? 20
3 Politics and economics in the Nazi State 47
4 Hitler: 'master in the Third Reich' or 'weak dictator? 69
5 Hitler and the Holocaust 93
6 Nazi foreign policy: Hitler's 'programme' or 'expansion without object'? 134
7 The Third Reich: 'social reaction' or 'social revolution'? 161
8 'Resistance without the people'? 183
9 'Normality' and genocide: the problem of 'historicization' 218
10 Shifting perspectives: historiographical trends in the aftermath of unification 237
Suggestions for further reading 271
Index 282
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2001

    Incredibly Insightful and Intruiging

    Kershaw makes are minds wander and think of all of his interpretations he has presented. His research is hard core and hits our brains like bricks. It is amazing to see how a person has put all of our thoughts about Nazi Germany into one book. Just an absolutley phenomenal book.

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