Nazi Germany 1933-1945: Faith and Annihilation

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This history provides ready access to the insights of recent research, combining analysis with a narrative account of the period. It covers the rise of the Nazi Party, the consolidation of power in 1933-38, preparations for war, and the nature of the Nazi State. The war itself is a particular focus of attention and is considered in relation to the military engagements, the persecution of the regime's victims, the extermination and terror program, and the policies of occupation in the Nazi-occupied parts of ...

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Overview

This history provides ready access to the insights of recent research, combining analysis with a narrative account of the period. It covers the rise of the Nazi Party, the consolidation of power in 1933-38, preparations for war, and the nature of the Nazi State. The war itself is a particular focus of attention and is considered in relation to the military engagements, the persecution of the regime's victims, the extermination and terror program, and the policies of occupation in the Nazi-occupied parts of Europe. Finally, there is a discussion of the attempt to place the Nazi crimes into their proper contexts.

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"Rich in detail, accurately and well researched, and well balanced...Readers will have an up-to-date, well-organized, thorough and - not least - convincing account of the Nazi state and its policies."—Ian Kershaw, University of Sheffield
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340613931
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Series: A Hodder Arnold Publication
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Jost Dulffer is at University of Cologne.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
Map of Nazi Germany 1942
Introduction 1
1 Weimar and the Rise of National Socialism 4
The Weimar Republic 4
The Drift to the Right 6
The NSDAP as a Mass Party and Expectations of Salvation 9
The Struggle for Power 16
The Government of Franz von Papen 20
The Government of Kurt von Schleicher 23
2 The Conquest of Power 1933-1938 28
Mobilization and Terror 28
The Gleichschaltung of the Political System 33
The Transformation of Germany Society without a 'Second Revolution' 41
From the 'Rohm Putsch' to the 'Blomberg Crisis' in 1938 49
3 Preparing for War 54
Hitler and the Second Attempt to Make Germany a World Power 54
The Change of Course, 1933 56
War Preparations at Home: The Economy and Rearmament 60
The Alliance with Great Britain: Unattainable 63
The Rearmament of the Wehrmacht 65
The War-Orientated Economy and Foreign Trade 71
The Four Year Plan of 1936 as Economic Preparation for War 76
The Policy of Expansion: From Spain to Austria 78
The Way to War 81
4 The Fuhrer State 85
Formal Power and the Readiness to Believe 85
The German Public and the Fuhrer Cult 89
The 'Little Fuhrers' 92
Competition and Rivalry within the NSDAP 95
Functional Power: Todt and Speer 97
The Propaganda Chief: Joseph Goebbels 101
National Socialist Mass Organizations: The Workers and the Rural Population 102
Goring's Personal Empire 105
Himmler, the SS, and Terror 107
'Polyocracy' and the National Community 109
The Matrix of Totalitarian Imagery: Public Space, the National Socialist Year, and the Generational Cycle 111
5 The War 117
Military Battles and Political Alliances 118
The 'Ostracizing' of Enemies: Persecution and Expulsion 134
The War against Enemies within the Nazi Imperium in Europe 146
Occupation Policy and Power Structures in German-Dominated Europe 180
6 Origins, Breaks, and After-Effects: On the Social History and Politics of the 'National Community' 206
Notes 223
Suggestions for Further Reading 232
Index 236
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