This well-illustrated, highly accessible book at last gives general readers and students a compact, yet comprehensive and authoritative history of the twelve years of the Third Reich-from political takeover of January 30, 1933 to the German capitulation of May 1945. Originally published to rave reviews in Germany, A Concise History of the Third Reich describes the establishment of the totalitarian dictatorship, the domestic and foreign politics of the regime, everyday life and terror in National Socialist Germany, the events leading to World War II and the war itself, various forms of resistance against Hitler, and the Holocaust. The book's extensive illustrations are thoroughly treated as documents that illuminate the visual power of Nazi ideology.
About the Author
Wolfgang Benz is Professor of History and Director of the Center for Research on Antisemitism at the Technische Universität Berlin. Among his previous books is The Holocaust (1997).
Table of Contents
GlossaryChronologyMajor Political Parties in Weimar GermanySeats Won by the Major Parties in National Assembly (1919) and Reichstag Elections (1920–1933)Preface to the German EditionFrom the First Reich to the Third Reich: A Brief Historical ExcursusAn
Introduction to the English Edition by Wolfgang BenzPrologue1. The “National Revolution”2. The Consolidation of Power3. Crisis and the Triumph of Dictatorship4. Society in the Nazi State5. The Hitler State6. Economic and Social Policy7. Terror and Persecution8. Discontent and Opposition9. The Persecution of the Jews10. The Road to War11. Daily Life in Wartime Germany and the Radicalization of the Regime12. Total War13. The Murder of the Jews14. Resistance15. CollapseEpilogueSelect Bibliography