A Concise History of Nazi Germany

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2007 - History - 228 pages
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This balanced history offers a concise, readable introduction to Nazi Germany. Combining compelling narrative storytelling with analysis, Joseph Bendersky presents an authoritative survey of the major political, economic, and social factors that powered the rise and fall of the Third Reich. Now in its third edition, the book incorporates the significant research of recent years. 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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Contents

Weimar Democracy in Crisis
3
The Rise of Hitler and Nazism
16
The Historical Roots of Nazi Ideology
27
Party Structure Propaganda and Followers during the Early Years of Struggle
40
Subjects Recommended for Reading and Research
55
The Seizure and Consolidation of Power 19291934
59
Parliamentary Paralysis and the Nazi Breakthrough of 1930
61
Hitlers Legal Path to Power
74
SS Terror AntiSemitism and Resistance to Nazification
135
Subjects Recommended for Reading and Research
151
The Rise and Fall of the Nazi Empire in Europe 19331945
158
The Fiihreras Statesman Ideology and Foreign Policy
159
The Ftihreras Warrior Victory and Conquest
173
From Domination to Retreat
186
The Holocaust Resistance and Defeat
198
Subjects Recommended for Reading and Research
212

The Pseudolegal Revolution
87
Subjects Recommended for Reading and Research
99
The Notification of German Society 19341938
103
The Total State versus the Dual State and Polycracy
105
Political Biology Culture and Society
118
CHRONOLOGY
219
INDEX
221
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
228
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About the author (2007)

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

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