The Third Reich: A ChronicleHardback
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- Publisher: Quercus Publishing
- Format: Hardback | 384 pages
- Dimensions: 188mm x 250mm x 32mm | 1,461g
- Publication date: 1 November 2010
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1849162352
- ISBN 13: 9781849162357
- Sales rank: 309,087
The Third Reich was the twelve-year period (1933 to 1945) during which the Nazi Party held untrammelled power in Germany. Defined by the messianic, iconic figure of Adolf Hitler, self-proclaimed Fuhrer, it is perhaps the central era of twentieth-century history. Beginning with Hitler's election as German chancellor in January 1933, it witnessed the wholesale militarization of German society, the imposition of anti-Semitic legislation, mass persecution of Jews, communists, gypsies, homosexuals and Slavs in the Holocaust, and the pursuit of territorially aggressive policies (based on Hitler's concept of Lebensraum) that would lead to global conflict on an unprecedented scale, culminating in the decline and fall of Nazism. The Third Reich: A Chronicle charts the rise and fall of Nazi power in a concise and compelling month-by-month narrative of the period 1933-45, amplified by extensive quotations from letters, diaries and oral testimony, and accompanied by generously captioned and stunning images of the era - including portraits, maps, posters, seals, documents and other artefacts. Additional use is made of timelines and fact boxes to create a uniquely accessible and user-friendly companion to a tangled and difficult period in European history. Commanding, informative and sumptuous, and written by a scholar who is steeped in knowledge of the period, The Third Reich: A Chronicle brings the bloody realities of war, conquest and genocide vividly to life. It is the perfect book for anyone with a fascination for the twentieth century, World War II and the age of dictators.
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Richard Overy is a best-selling historian. He specialises in the Hitler and Stalin dictatorships, World War II, air power in the twentieth century, and German history from 1900. He is the author of numerous books on the Third Reich and Second World War.
Table of contents
Introduction. Rise to Power 1923-1933. Building the Third Reich 1933-1934. The Fuhrer State 1935-1936. Building the New Order 1937-1939. The Years of Victory 1940-1941. Genocide and Defeats 1942-1943. The Ruined Reich 1944-1945. Aftermath: Legacy of the Third Reich. Bibliography. Acknowledgements. Maps. Index.