The Coming of the Third Reich

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Penguin, 2004 - History - 622 pages
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From one of the world's most distinguished historians, a magisterial new reckoning with Hitler's rise to power and the collapse of civilization in Nazi Germany.

In 1900 Germany was the most progressive and dynamic nation in Europe, the only country whose rapid technological and social growth and change challenged that of the United States. Its political culture was less authoritarian than Russia's and less anti-Semitic than France's; representative institutions were thriving, and competing political parties and elections were a central part of life. How then can we explain the fact that in little more than a generation this stable modern country would be in the hands of a violent, racist, extremist political movement that would lead it and all of Europe into utter moral, physical, and cultural ruin? There is no story in twentieth-century history more important to understand, and Richard Evans has written the definitive account for our time. A masterful synthesis of a vast body of scholarly work integrated with important new research and interpretations, Evans's history restores drama and contingency to the rise to power of Hitler and the Nazis, even as he shows how ready Germany was by the early 1930s for such a takeover to occur. With many people angry and embittered by military defeat and economic ruin; a state undermined by a civil service, an army, and a law enforcement system deeply alienated from the democratic order introduced in 1918; beset by the growing extremism of voters prey to panic about the increasing popularity of communism; home to a tiny but quite successful Jewish community subject to widespread suspicion and resentment, Germany proved to be fertile ground in which Nazism's ideology of hatred could take root.

The first book of what will ultimately be a complete three-volume history of Nazi Germany, The Coming of the Third Reichis a masterwork of the historian's art and the book by which all others on this subject will be judged.
  

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A very good introduction to the rise of the Nazis. - Goodreads
Great history writing. - Goodreads
An excellent introduction to germany´s third reich. - Goodreads
He presents very complex developments in simple prose. - Goodreads
Exhaustively researched. - Goodreads
Writing style is way to dry and boring. - Goodreads

Review: The Coming of the Third Reich (The History of the Third Reich #1)

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I could not wait to read this, & the 2 other volumes following it. I've recently been much more interested in history, WW2 in particular, & was wanting to expand my knowledge with the best resources ... Read full review

Review: The Coming of the Third Reich (The History of the Third Reich #1)

User Review  - David Dennis - Goodreads

This is a very long read (some 700 pages) but an incredibly compelling story. While I majored in history and knew many facts about 20th century Europe, Evans opened up new vistas on pre-war Germany. I ... Read full review

Contents

The Legacy of the Past
19
THE WEAKNESSES OF WEIMAR
78
THE GREAT INFLATION
103
CULTURE WARS
118
THE FIT AND THE UNFIT
139
BOHEMIAN REVOLUTIONARIES r
156
THE BEERHALL PURTSCH
176
REBUILDING THE MOVEMENT
195
THE TERROR BEGINS
310
FIRE IN THE REICHSTAG 3 2 8
328
DEMOCRACY DESTROYED
350
BRINGING GERMANY INTO LINE
375
DISCORDANT NOTES
392
THE PURGE OF THE ARTS 45
405
AGAINST THE UNGERMAN SPIRIT
419
A REVOLTION OF DESTRUCTION?
441

THE ROOTS OF COMMITMENT
217
THE GREAT DEPRESSION
232
THE CRISIS OF DEMOCRACY
247
THE VICTORY OF VIOLENCE
266
FATEFUL DECISIONS
289
Notes
462
Bibliography
535
Index
585
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Richard J. Evans was educated at Oxford, has taught at Columbia and the University of London, and is currently the Professor of Modern History at Cambridge. His books include Death in Hamburg(winner of the Wolfson Literary Award for History), In Hitler's Shadow, Rituals of Retribution(winner of the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History), In Defense of History, and Lying About Hitler.

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