Nazi Germany: A New History

Nazi Germany: A New History

by Klaus P. Fischer
     
 
In the 50 years since the fall of the 12-year Nazi Reich, thousands of books have been written on every conceivable aspect of the subject, each with its own axe to grind. Fischer's book, however, tells the story vividly and well, providing the most reliable and balanced history to date. Illustrations.

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In the 50 years since the fall of the 12-year Nazi Reich, thousands of books have been written on every conceivable aspect of the subject, each with its own axe to grind. Fischer's book, however, tells the story vividly and well, providing the most reliable and balanced history to date. Illustrations.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Rejecting traditional explanations that Hitler received most of his support from the lower middle class, Fischer draws on electoral studies to show that a broad segment of Germans voted for Hitler, with the highest levels of support coming from the upper and upper middle classes. An indispensable, compellingly readable political, military and social history of the Third Reich, this major synthesis argues that Nazism was not the inevitable culmination of German history. Fischer identifies various factors that allowed a ``clever sociopath'' to seize power, forge a totalitarian regime and kill millions by state mandate: widespread, virulent anti-Semitism, an all-embracing racial ideology made academically respectable; belligerent nationalism; economic collapse following WWI; and a strong tradition of institutionalized authoritarianism in family, school and everyday life. He paints a chilling picture of Nazi society-educational indoctrination, the family as incubator, the regime's war on religion, book-burning and state-regulated culture. His analysis leaves no doubt that Hitler himself was the guiding force in the annihilation of Europe's Jews from the time he gained power in 1933. Fischer is the author of History and Prophecy: Oswald Spengler and ``The Decline of the West.'' Photos. (Apr.)
Library Journal
Fischer (cultural/intellectual history, Univ. of California-Santa Barbara) succeeds admirably in his attempt at a balanced analysis of the Third Reich from its late-19th-century origins to its apocalyptic collapse at the hands of three allied armies. This excellent volume culminates a ten-year project and utilizes much new material and many new insights. By design, there is neither overbearing Germanophobia nor revisionism steeped in apologetic rhetoric. The work addresses collective and singular aspects of Nazi Germany's rise and ultimate collapse; its multifaceted treatment encompasses economic, political, military, diplomatic, international, religious, and cultural components of the Third Reich. The book could be laborious reading for nonspecialists, but it is well organized and methodically written. Recommended for scholars, informed lay readers, and cultural/general history collections.-Thomas G. Anton, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago
Booknews
A comprehensive approach covering the origins, development, and results of Nazi Germany's policies from the origins of totalitarianism in Europe and Germany to modern questions of German guilt. Offers new arguments concerning Hitler's sociopathic personality, what segment of the population actually voted Hitler into power, and other relevant psychological and political issues. Contains a chronology, a glossary, two maps, and 60 b&w photographs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826407979
Publisher:
Continuum International Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/01/1995
Pages:
734
Product dimensions:
6.55(w) x 9.52(h) x 2.03(d)

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