War and Genocide: A Concise History of the Holocaust / Edition 2

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Overview

In examining one of the defining events of the twentieth century, Doris L. Bergen situates the Holocaust in its historical, political, social, cultural, and military contexts. Unlike many other treatments of the Holocaust, this revised, second edition discusses not only the persecution of the Jews, but also other segments of society victimized by the Nazis: Gypsies, homosexuals, Poles, Soviet POWs, the handicapped, and other groups deemed undesirable. With clear and eloquent prose, Bergen explores the two interconnected goals that drove the Nazi German program of conquest and genocide—purification of the so-called Aryan race and expansion of its living space—and discusses how these goals affected the course of World War II. Including firsthand accounts from perpetrators, victims, and eyewitnesses, the book is immediate, human, and eminently readable.
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Editorial Reviews

History In Review
A book that will likely be required reading in college-level courses for years to come. . . . A detailed overview of the Holocaust.
Jane Caplan
A meticulous, sensitive account of the Nazi race wars that combines a powerful narrative and explanatory drive at the same time as it illuminates individual lives and fates with searing precision. While giving full weight to the antisemitic core of Nazi racism, Bergen also shows why it claimed so many other groups of victims, and pursues it to its appalling climax in the wars of imperialist conquest and exploitation launched in 1939. This is a distinctive and remarkable achievement, as assured as it is readable.
Jeanne Grant
This precise textbook accomplishes much: it provides a wide-angle view of what the Holocaust was and is in clear historiographical terms, challenges students to think through facts and interpretations surrounding the historical study of the Holocaust, and complements—and is short enough to allow the inclusion of—primary sources in a course. I will use it as long as I can.
Choice
In this brief survey, which is clearly written for an undergraduate audience, Bergen does an excellent job of introducing nearly all of the major issues surrounding the Holocaust. Copiously illustrated with photographs and maps, this succinct book is remarkably comprehensive, making it unusually accessible to nonexperts. Highly recommended.
CHOICE
In this brief survey, which is clearly written for an undergraduate audience, Bergen does an excellent job of introducing nearly all of the major issues surrounding the Holocaust. Copiously illustrated with photographs and maps, this succinct book is remarkably comprehensive, making it unusually accessible to nonexperts. Highly recommended.
Jewish Book World
In eight well-written and concise chapters, the book examines the relationship between anti-Semitic ideology, an ever radicalizing Nazi revolution, Nazi aggression, the Euthanasia Program and the murder of the Jews. Again this is a book that will find its place on the bookshelves of most Holocaust scholars and should be included in any Holocaust library.
Robinson Yost
Balances necessary content with analysis. Bergen clearly argues the intimate connections between war and genocide in a way that's accessible to undergraduates.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742557154
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/16/2009
  • Series: Critical Issues in World and International History Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 53,540
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Doris L. Bergen is Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Professor of Holocaust Studies at the University of Toronto.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Preconditions: Antisemitism, Racism, and Common Prejudices in Early-Twentieth-Century Europe
Chapter 2: Leadership and Will: Adolf Hitler, the National Socialist German Workers’ Party, and Nazi Ideology
Chapter 3: From Revolution to Routine: Nazi Germany, 1933–1938
Chapter 4: Open Aggression: In Search of War, 1938–1939
Chapter 5: Experiments in Brutality, 1939–1940: War against Poland and the So-Called Euthanasia Program
Chapter 6: Expansion and Systematization: Exporting War and Terror, 1940–1941
Chapter 7: The Peak Years of Killing: 1942 and 1943
Chapter 8: Death Throes and Killing Frenzies, 1944–1945
Conclusion: The Legacies of Atrocity
Sources and Suggestions for Further Reading
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2007

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    I liked the way the author ogranized the information. This is such a broad subject and organization by chapter themes was both important and easy to follow. She does a very good job of providing a mix of oral history and further bibliographic information for the reader as well. I would very much recommend this book for any student.

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