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Hitler: A Life

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Tyrant, psychopath, and implementer of a ruthless programme of racial extermination, Adolf Hitler was also the charismatic Führer of millions of dedicated followers. In this major new biography, internationally acclaimed German historian Peter Longerich brings Hitler back to centre-stage in the history of Nazism, revealing a far more active and interventionist dictator than we are familiar with from recent accounts, with a flexibility of approach that often surprises.

Whether it was foreign policy, war-making, terror, mass murder, cultural and religious affairs, or even mundane everyday matters, Longerich reveals how decisive a force Hitler was in the formulation of policy, sometimes right down to the smallest details, in a way which until now has not been fully appreciated. Consistently and ruthlessly destroying both the people and the power structures that stood in his way, Longerich shows how over time Hitler succeeded in forging his 'Führer dictatorship' - with terrifying and almost limitless power over the German people.

Cover:
Hardback
Edition Number:
1
ISBN:
9780198796091
Pages:
1344
Author:
Longerich Peter
Publisher:
OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
Release Year:
2019

Peter Longerich is a former Professor of Modern German History at Royal Holloway University of London, and founder of the College's Holocaust Research Centre. He has published widely on the history of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, including Holocaust: The Nazi Murder and Persecution of the Jews (2010) and Heinrich Himmler: A Life (2011), also published by Oxford University Press, and Goebbels (2015).

Introduction

Prologue: A Nobody
Part One
1: Back in Munich
2: The Way to the Party
3: Hitler Takes the Lead
4: The March to the Hitler Coup
5: Process and Prohibition
Part Two
6: A Political New Beginning
7: Hitler the Speaker
8: Reorientation
9: Conquest of the Masses
10: Strategy
11: At the Gates of Power
Part Three
12: Seizure of Power
13: First Steps of Foreign Policy
14: Führer and People
15: Outbreak of the International System
16: Construction of the Sole Dictatorship
Part Four
17: Domestic Crisis
18: First Foreign Policy Successes
19: The Way to the Nuremberg Laws
20: Foreign Policy Coup
21: Ready to Serve in Four Years
22: Church Struggle and Cultural Policy
23: Hitlers Regime
Part Five
24: Foreign Policy Reorientation
25: From the Blomberg-Fritsch Crisis to the "Connection"
26: The Sudeten Crisis
27: To Munich
28: In the War
Part Six
29: The War Begins
30: Resistors
31: War in the West
32: Exploring Foreign Policy
33: Extending the War
34: Operation Barbarossa
35: Escalation of Jewish Politics
36: Winter Crisis: 1941-42
37: At the Height of Power
38: Hitler's Empire
Part Seven
39: War Change and Radicalization
40: With One's Back to the Wall
41: Before the Sinking
42: 20 July 1944
43: Refuge in Total War

44: The End