Hitler, the Germans, and the Final Solution

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Yale University Press, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 401 pages
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This book is the culmination of more than three decades of meticulous historiographic research on Nazi Germany by one of the period's most distinguished historians. The volume brings together the most important and influential aspects of Ian Kershaw's research on the Holocaust for the first time. The writings are arranged in three sections--Hitler and the Final Solution, popular opinion and the Jews in Nazi Germany, and the Final Solution in historiography--and Kershaw provides an introduction and a closing section on the uniqueness of Nazism. Kershaw was a founding historian of the social history of the Third Reich, and he has throughout his career conducted pioneering research on the societal causes and consequences of Nazi policy. His work has brought much to light concerning the ways in which the attitudes of the German populace shaped and did not shape Nazi policy. This volume presents a comprehensive, multifaceted picture both of the destructive dynamic of the Nazi leadership and of the attitudes and behavior of ordinary Germans as the persecution of the Jews spiraled into total genocide.

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the Hitler Dictatorship
Hitler in Light of His Speeches
Hitlers Role in the Final Solution
Popular Opinion and the jews in Nazi Germany
Hitler and the Holocaust
The Problem of Historicization
Historiographical Trends
The Uniqueness ofNazism
War and Political Violence in TwentiethCentury Europe 3 61

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Ian Kershaw is professor of modern history at the University of Sheffield.

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