Hitler and Nazi Germany: A History

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Prentice Hall, Oct 6, 2009 - History - 310 pages
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This text is a brief yet comprehensive survey of the Third Reich based on current research findings and it is written for students and general readers who want a deeper understanding of this period in German history. It provides a balanced approach in examining Hitler's role in the history of the Third Reich and includes coverage of the economic, social, and political forces that made the rise and growth of Nazism possible; the institutional, cultural, and social life of the Third Reich; the Second World War; and the Holocaust. Hallmark Features An in-depth portrait of Adolf Hitler, the man and the leader--Coverage includes the influences on his early development, his character traits, his oratorical skills, his messianic pretensions, and an analysis of his ideology based on quotations from his writings and speeches. A thorough examination of the Holocaust--Includes coverage of anti-Semitism in Germany, Hitler's personal racial ideology and vision of Aryan purity, the mechanisms of terror and control, and the machinery of the Final Solution. The Jewish perspective is woven throughout this coverage. Engaging coverage of the following topics: Anti-Jewish policies and the involvement of ordinary Germans in the Holocaust The political scene in Weimar Germany The role of Gregor Strasser in rebuilding the Nazi Party Walter Darré and "Blood and Soil" The internal consolidation of power Party-state relations Early Nazi economic policy The SS and the military between 1933-1939 Provides the most up-to-date research. Pedagogical Features Student Pedagogy--Includes maps, photos, bibliographies, and suggestions for further reading. David Redles, Associate Professor of History at Cuyahoga Community College, contributed his expertise to the latest revision by revising and updating the text in accordance with the most recent scholarship in the field. Coverage of World War I has been reorganized to improve flow. Includes a substantial amount of NEW coverage of cultur.

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Weimar Germany and the Rise of Hitler
The Growth and Victory of Nazism 19241934
The Consolidation of Power 19331934

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Jackson Spielvogel is associate professor emeritus of history at The Pennsylvania State University. He received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, where he specialized in Reformation history under Harold J. Grimm. His articles and reviews have appeared in such journals as Moreana, Journal of General Education, Catholic Historical Review, Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte , and American Historical Review. He has also contributed chapters or articles to The Social History of the Reformation, The Holy Roman Empire: A Dictionary Handbook, Simon Wiesenthal Center Annual of Holocaust Studies, and Utopian Studies. His work has been supported by fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation for study and research in Nürnberg, Germany, and the Foundation for Reformation Research. At Penn State, he helped inaugurate the Western civilization courses as well as a popular course on Nazi Germany. He is the author of Western Civilization, published in 1991 (seventh edition, 2009). He is the coauthor (with William Duiker) of World History, first published in 1998 (sixth edition, 2010), and The Essential World History (third edition, 2008).

Professor Spielvogel has won five major university-wide teaching awards. He held the Penn State Teaching Fellowship, the university's most prestigious teaching award in 1988-1989. In 1996 he won the Dean Arthur Ray Warnock Award for Outstanding Faculty Member and in 2000 the Schreyer Honors College Excellence in Teaching Award.

David Redles received his Ph.D. in history from Pennsylvania State University and is currently associate professor of history at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio. He is author of Hitler's Millennial Reich: Apocalyptic Belief and the Search for Salvation (hardcover: 2005, paperback: 2008). He also contributed essays to the following publications: The Fundamentalist Mindset: Psychological Perspectives on Religion, Violence, and History, Charles B. Strozier and David M. Terman, and James W. Jones, eds. (2010); End of Days: Essays on the Apocalypse from Antiquity to Modernity, Karolyn Kinane and Michael A. Ryan, eds. (2009); and War in Heaven/Heaven on Earth: Theories of the Apocalyptic, Glen McGhee and Stephen O'Leary, eds. (2005).

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