Histories of the Holocaust

Histories of the Holocaust

by Dan Stone
ISBN-10:
0199566801
ISBN-13:
2900199566807
Pub. Date:
08/13/2010
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
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Histories of the Holocaust

The Holocaust is one of the most intensively studied phenomena in modern history. The volume of writing that fuels the numerous debates about it is overwhelming in quantity and diversity. Even those who have dedicated their professional lives to understanding the Holocaust cannot assimilate it all.

There is, then, an urgent need to synthesize and evaluate the complex historiography on the Holocaust, exploring the major themes and debates relating to it and drawing widely on the findings of a great deal of research. Concentrating on the work of the last two decades, Histories of the Holocaust examines the "Final Solution" as a European project, the decision-making process, perpetrator research, plunder and collaboration, regional studies, ghettos, camps, race science, antisemitic ideology, and recent debates concerning modernity, organization theory, colonialism, genocide studies, and cultural history. Research on victims is discussed, but Stone focuses more closely on perpetrators, reflecting trends within the historiography, as well as his own view that in order to understand Nazi genocide the emphasis must be on the culture of the perpetrators.

The book is not a "history of the history of the Holocaust," offering simply a description of developments in historiography. Stone critically analyses the literature, discerning major themes and trends and assessing the achievements and shortcomings of the various approaches. He demonstrates that there never can or should be a single history of the Holocaust and facilitates an understanding of the genocide of the Jews from a multiplicity of angles. An understanding of how the Holocaust could have happened can only be achieved by recourse to histories of the Holocaust: detailed day-by-day accounts of high-level decision-making; long-term narratives of the Holocaust's relationship to European histories of colonialism and warfare; micro-historical studies of Jewish life before, during, and after Nazi occupation; and cultural analyses of Nazi fantasies and fears.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900199566807
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 08/13/2010
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations x

Introduction: Towards an Integrated Historiography of the Holocaust 1

1 The 'Final Solution': A German or European Project? 13

2 The Decision-Making Process in Context 64

3 The Holocaust: Child of Modernity? 113

4 Race Science: The Basis of the Nazi World View? 160

5 Genocide, the Holocaust, and the History of Colonialism 203

6 The Holocaust as an Expression of Nazi Culture 245

Conclusion: Into the Abyss 284

Further Reading 289

Index 301

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