The Coming of the Third Reich

The Coming of the Third Reich


By (author) Professor of European History Richard J Evans

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  • Publisher: The Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback | 622 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 213mm x 29mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 24 June 2005
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0143034693
  • ISBN 13: 9780143034698
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 96,024

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There is no story in twentieth-century history more important to understand than Hitler's rise to power and the collapse of civilization in Nazi Germany. With The Coming of the Third Reich, Richard Evans, one of the world's most distinguished historians, has written the definitive account for our time. A masterful synthesis of a vast body of scholarly work integrated with important new research and interpretations, Evans's history restores drama and contingency to the rise to power of Hitler and the Nazis, even as it shows how ready Germany was by the early 1930s for such a takeover to occur. The Coming of the Third Reich is a masterwork of the historian's art and the book by which all others on the subject will be judged.

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"Richard J. Evans's "The Coming of the Third Reich." the clearest and most gripping account I've read of German life before aznd during the rise of the Nazis."--A. S Byatt, in the "Times Literary Supplement""Richard J. Evans's "The Coming of the Third Reich" is an enormous work of synthesis--knowledgable and reliable..."--Mark Mazower in the "New York Times Book Review""[A] first-rate narrative history that informs and educates and may inspire readers to delve even deeper into the subject."--"Booklist"..".Brilliant..."-"Washington Post""The generalist reader, it should be emphasized, is well served. ...The book reads briskly, covers all important areas--social and cultural--and succeeds in its aim of giving "voice to the people who lived through the years with which it deals."--"Denver Post ""One finally puts down this magnificent volume thirsty, on the one hand, for the next installment in the Nazi saga yet still haunted by the questions Evan poses and so masterfully grapples with."―Abraham Brumberg, "The Nation""This first part of what will be Evans' three-volume history of Hitler's regime is the most comprehensive and convincing work so far on the gall of Weimar and Hitler's rise to power."―"Foreign Affairs"

Table of contents

List of Illustrations List of Maps and Diagrams Preface 1. The Legacy of the Past German Peculiarities Gospels of Hate The Spirit of 1914 Descent Into Chaos 2. The Failure of Democracy The Weaknesses of Weimar The Great Inflation Culture Wars The Fit and the Unfit 3. The Rise of Nazism Bohemian Revolutionaries The Beer-Hall Purtsch Rebuilding the Movement The Roots of Commitment 4. Towards the Seizure of Power The Great Depression The Crisis of Democracy The Victory of Violence Fateful Decisions 5. Creating The Third Reich The Terror Begins Fire in the Reichstag Democracy Destroyed Bringing Germany Into Line 6. Hitler's Cultural Revolution Discordant Notes The Purge of the Arts 'Against the Un-German Spirit' A 'Revolution of Destruction'? Notes Bibliography Index