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

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As an exploration of the interpretational issues that eddy around the Third Reich, Ian Kershaw's Nazi Dictatorship has become a classic account. But if its core remains unchanged, its contents must necessarily reflect both new public controversies and the onrush of fresh research. In the forth edition there are many changes of detail to accommodate this need and substantial rewritings of two chapters. No subject among those dealt with in earlier editions has been the subject of such intensive research - and bringing such rapidly changing interpretations - as 'Hitler and the Jews' and, accordingly, that chapter has been considerably changed. The book's final chapter has also undergone significant revision, to take account of the 'Goldhagen phenomenon', and also to glance back over the changing trends of research on the Third Reich as, with the passing of the generations, Hitler and his regime themselves pass into history.
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Editorial Reviews

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"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

International History Review

Unquestionably the most authoritative, balanced, readable, and meticulously documented introduction to the Third Reich.
English Historical Review

European History Quarterly

The best short introduction to the study of Hitler's Germany.
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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: 669,052
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Sir Ian Kershaw is a leading authority on Hitler and the Third Reich. Among his publications is the internationally acclaimed two volume biography Hitler (1998 and 2000). He is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Historical Society and was knighted in 2002 for services to the field of history.
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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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