A Concise History of Nazi Germany

A Concise History of Nazi Germany

by Joseph W. Bendersky

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This balanced history offers a concise, readable introduction to Nazi Germany. Combining compelling narrative storytelling with analysis, Joseph W. Bendersky offers an authoritative survey of the major political, economic, and social factors that powered the rise and fall of the Third Reich. Now in its fifth edition, the book incorporates significant research of recent years, analysis of the politics of memory, postwar German controversies about World War II and the Nazi era, and more on non-Jewish victims. Delving into the complexity of social life within the Nazi state, it also reemphasizes the crucial role played by racial ideology in determining the policies and practices of the Third Reich. Bendersky paints a fascinating picture of how average citizens negotiated their way through both the threatening power behind certain Nazi policies and the strong enticements to acquiesce or collaborate. His classic treatment provides an invaluable overview of a subject that retains its historical significance and contemporary importance.

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ISBN-13: 9781538140833
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/21/2020
Edition description: Fifth Edition
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 774,505
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Joseph W. Bendersky is professor of history at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Nazism and the Contemporary World: Meaningful and Dubious Historical Parallels
Part One: The Origins and Development of Nazism, 1919–1928
1 Weimar Democracy in Crisis
2 The Rise of Hitler and Nazism
3 The Historical Roots of Nazi Ideology
4 Party Structure, Propaganda, and Followers during the “Early Years of Struggle”
Part Two: The Seizure and Consolidation of Power, 1929–1934
5 Parliamentary Paralysis and the Nazi Breakthrough of 1930
6 Hitler’s Legal Path to Power
7 The Pseudolegal Revolution
Part Three: The Nazification of German Society, 1934–1938
8 The Total State versus the Dual State and Polycracy
9 Political Biology, Culture, and Society
10 SS Terror, Anti-Semitism, and Resistance to Nazification
Part Four: The Rise and Fall of the Nazi Empire in Europe, 1933–1945
11 The Führer as Statesman: Ideology and Foreign Policy
12 The Führer as Warrior: Victory and Conquest
13 From Domination to Retreat
14 The Holocaust, Resistance, and Defeat
Afterword: From Nuremberg to Vergangenheitsbewältigung
Appendix: The Intractable Nazi Legacy in Film: Propaganda and History
Subjects Recommended for Reading and Research
About the Author

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