The Nazi Dictatorship

The Nazi Dictatorship : Problems and Perspectives of Interpretation

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The Nazi Dictatorship has become the classic exploration of the complex issues historians face when they interpret the Third Reich. Ian Kershaw synthesizes and evaluates this complex historiography, looking at the major themes and debates relating to Nazism and drawing widely on the findings of a great deal of research, in particular by German scholars, which is not available in English. He describes key interpretational problems, outlines the approaches taken by various historians, and then provides clear and up-to-date evaluations of their positions. This new edition reflects current concerns and fresh research. It contains substantial revisions to the chapter on Hitler and the Jews and to the survey of recent historical work, particularly with respect to the 'Goldhagen phenomenon.' Anyone with an interest in modern European history will find this volume invaluable. 'Impressive...acute...extraordinary.' - English Historical Review 'Unquestionably the most authoriatative, balanced, readable, and meticulously documented introduction to the Third Reich.' - International History Review 'The best short introduction to the study of Hitler's Germany.' - European History Reviewshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 24mm | 557.92g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Hodder Arnold
  • London, England, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • 4th New edition
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0340760281
  • 9780340760284
  • 89,587

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'Unquestionably the most authoritative, balanced, readable, and meticulously documented introduction to the Third Reich.' International History Review 'Impressive...acute...extraordinary.' English Historical Review 'The best short introduction to the study of Hitler's Germany.' European History Quarterlyshow more

About Ian Kershaw

Sir Ian Kershaw is Professor of Modern History at the University of Sheffield, UK. Among his other publications is the internationally acclaimed biography Hitler (2 vols, 1998 and 2000). He is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Historical Society.show more

Table of contents

Historians and the problem of explaining Nazism; the essence of Nazism - forms of fascism, brand of totalitarianism, or unique phenomena?; politics and economics in the Nazi state; Hitler - "master in the Third Reich" or "weak dictator"?; Hitler and the Holocaust; Nazi foreign policy - Hitler's "programme" or "expansion without object"?; the Third Reich - "social reaction" or "social revolution"?; "resistance without the people"?; "normality" and genocide - the problem of "historicization"; shifting perspectives - historiographical trends in the aftermath of unification.show more
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