War and Genocide: A Concise History of the Holocaust

War and Genocide: A Concise History of the Holocaust

Paperback Critical Issues in World and International History

By (author) Doris L. Bergen

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  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • Format: Paperback | 296 pages
  • Dimensions: 147mm x 226mm x 18mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 16 February 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Lanham, MD
  • ISBN 10: 0742557154
  • ISBN 13: 9780742557154
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 86,209

Product description

In examining one of the defining events of the twentieth century, Doris L. Bergen situates the Holocaust in its historical, political, social, cultural, and military contexts. Unlike many other treatments of the Holocaust, this revised, second edition discusses not only the persecution of the Jews, but also other segments of society victimized by the Nazis: Gypsies, homosexuals, Poles, Soviet POWs, the handicapped, and other groups deemed undesirable. With clear and eloquent prose, Bergen explores the two interconnected goals that drove the Nazi German program of conquest and genocide-purification of the so-called Aryan race and expansion of its living space-and discusses how these goals affected the course of World War II. Including firsthand accounts from perpetrators, victims, and eyewitnesses, the book is immediate, human, and eminently readable.

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Author information

Doris L. Bergen is Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Professor of Holocaust Studies at the University of Toronto.

Review quote

A book that will likely be required reading in college-level courses for years to come... A detailed overview of the Holocaust. History In Review A meticulous, sensitive account of the Nazi race wars that combines a powerful narrative and explanatory drive at the same time as it illuminates individual lives and fates with searing precision. While giving full weight to the antisemitic core of Nazi racism, Bergen also shows why it claimed so many other groups of victims, and pursues it to its appalling climax in the wars of imperialist conquest and exploitation launched in 1939. This is a distinctive and remarkable achievement, as assured as it is readable. -- Jane Caplan, University of Oxford This precise textbook accomplishes much: it provides a wide-angle view of what the Holocaust was and is in clear historiographical terms, challenges students to think through facts and interpretations surrounding the historical study of the Holocaust, and complements-and is short enough to allow the inclusion of-primary sources in a course. I will use it as long as I can. -- Jeanne Grant, Metropolitan State University

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Preconditions: Antisemitism, Racism, and Common Prejudices in Early-Twentieth-Century Europe Chapter 2: Leadership and Will: Adolf Hitler, the National Socialist German Workers' Party, and Nazi Ideology Chapter 3: From Revolution to Routine: Nazi Germany, 1933-1938 Chapter 4: Open Aggression: In Search of War, 1938-1939 Chapter 5: Experiments in Brutality, 1939-1940: War against Poland and the So-Called Euthanasia Program Chapter 6: Expansion and Systematization: Exporting War and Terror, 1940-1941 Chapter 7: The Peak Years of Killing: 1942 and 1943 Chapter 8: Death Throes and Killing Frenzies, 1944-1945 Conclusion: The Legacies of Atrocity Sources and Suggestions for Further Reading