The Coming of the Third Reich

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Penguin, Jan 25, 2005 - History - 656 pages
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"The clearest and most gripping account I've read of German life before and during the rise of the Nazis." —A. S Byatt, Times Literary Supplement

There is no story in twentieth-century history more important to understand than Hitler’s rise to power and the collapse of civilization in Nazi Germany. With The Coming of the Third Reich, Richard Evans, one of the world’s most distinguished historians, 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 it shows how ready Germany was by the early 1930s for such a takeover to occur. The Coming of the Third Reich is a masterwork of the historian’s art and the book by which all others on the subject will be judged.
 

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Contents

GERMAN PECULIARITIES
GOSPELS OF HATE
THE SPIRIT OF 1914
DESCENT INTO CHAOS
THE WEAKNESSES OF WEIMAR
THE GREAT INFLATION
CULTURE WARS
THE FIT AND THE UNFIT
THE VICTORY OF VIOLENCE
FATEFUL DECISIONS
THE TERROR BEGINS
FIRE IN THE REICHSTAG
DEMOCRACY DESTROYED
BRINGING GERMANY INTO LINE
DISCORDANT NOTES
AGAINST THE UNGERMAN SPIRIT

BOHEMIAN REVOLUTIONARIES
THE BEERHALL PUTSCH
REBUILDING THE MOVEMENT
THE ROOTS OF COMMITMENT
THE GREAT DEPRESSION
THE CRISIS OF DEMOCRACY
A REVOLUTION OF DESTRUCTION?
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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About the author (2005)

 Richard J. Evans was born in London and educated at Oxford University. He has taught at Columbia University and Birkbeck, University of London, and since 2014 has been the Regius Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Cambridge. His many publications include an acclaimed three-volume history of the Third Reich and a recent collection of essays, The Third Reich in History and Memory. A Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Literature, he is a past winner of the Wolfson History Prize, and was twice a History Honoree at the Los Angeles Times Book Awards. In 2012 he was appointed Knight Bachelor in the Queen’s Birthday Honors List, for services to scholarship.

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