Nazi Germany examines the origins and development of Nazism, the establishment of the dictatorship and the impact on Germany's economy, society and culture of the regime's single-minded drive towards war and genocide. The view from above, reflected in the movement's ideology, policy and legislation is complemented by the many, often conflicting, views from below, as described in the reports smuggled out of Germany by Socialist dissidents or overheard by the regime's spies and policemen. Tim Kirk depicts a society divided, where most were initially wary of Hitler and sceptical about his party and its promises, and where even enthusiastic admirers quickly became disgruntled; but where the majority complied and few were inclined to oppose or resist the regime, or its brutalities, until disillusionment set in and the prospect of defeat was imminent.
Approachable and authoritative, this is an essential introduction to one of the most significant periods in German, and modern European, history.
About the Author
Tim Kirk is Lecturer in History at the University of Newcastle.
Table of Contents
• The Origins and Development of Nazism
• Politics and the State 1933-1945
• The Economy and Society 1933-1945
• Consensus and Opposition in the Third Reich
• Foreign Policy and World War II
• Racial Policies and The Holocaust
• Nazism, Historians and the Politics of Post-War Europe
What People are Saying About This
[Kirk] has succeeded in delivering an important addition to the range of books on the Third Reich. Any History department including twentieth-century Germany in its syllabus ought to purchase it...Tim Kirk's achievement has been to unfold this sorry tale in what is a masterpiece of scholarly precision and compression.' - Ron Grant, SATH History Teaching Review
'[A] comprehensive introduction to the development of Nazism in Germany.' - Sage Race Relations Abstracts