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The Nazi Dictaroship: Problems and Perspectives of Interpretation

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'Unquestionably the most authoritative, balanced, readable, and meticulously documented introduction to the Third Reich.' - International History Review

Sir Ian Kershaw is regarded by many as the world's leading authority on Hitler and the Third Reich. Known for his clear and accessible style when dealing with complex historical issues his work has redefined the way we look at this period modern European history. The Nazi Dictatorship is Kershaw's landmark study of the Third Reich. It covers the major themes and debates relating to Nazism including the Holocaust, Hitler's authority and leadership, Nazi Foreign Policy and the aftermath, including issues surrounding Germany's unification. The Revelations edition includes a new preface from the author.

Author: Kershaw Ian
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9781474240956
Cover: Paperback
Edition Number: 4
Release Year: 2015

Preface to the Revelations Edition


1. Historians and the problem of explaining Nazism

2. The Essence of Nazism: form of fascism, brand of totalitarianism, or unique phenomenon?

3. Politics and economics in the Nazi State

4. Hitler: 'master of the Third Reich' or 'weak dictator'

5. Hitler and the Holocaust

6. Nazi foreign policy: Hitler's 'programme' or 'expansion without object'?

7. The Third Reich: 'social reaction' or 'social revolution'?

8. 'Resistance without the people'?

9. 'Normality' and genocide: the problem of 'historicization'

10. Shifting perspectives: historiographical trends in the aftermath of unification

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Sir Ian Kershaw is one of the UK's most distinguished historians. His most famous books include Hitler, Fateful Choices and The End. The first volume in his history of modern Europe, To Hell and Back, was described by the Observer as 'superb... likely to become and classic' and by Harold Evans in the New York Times as 'chilling epic-size history... should be required reading'. He lives in Manchester.

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