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Hitler's Germany : Origins, Interpretations, Legacies - Roderick Stackelberg

Hitler's Germany

Origins, Interpretations, Legacies

Hardcover Published: 1st April 1999
ISBN: 9780415201148
Number Of Pages: 320

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Hitler's Germany provides a comprehensive narrative history of Nazi Germany and sets it in the wider context of nineteenth and twentieth century German history. Roderick Stackelberg analyzes how it was possible that a national culture of such creativity and achievement could generate such barbarism and destructiveness.

This second edition has been updated throughout to incorporate recent historical research and engage with current debates in the field. It includes:



  • an expanded introduction focusing on the hazards of writing about Nazi Germany



  • an extended analysis of fascism, totalitarianism, imperialism and ideology



  • a broadened contextualisation of antisemitism



  • discussion of the Holocaust including the euthanasia program and the role of eugenics



  • new chapters on Nazi social and economic policies and the structure of government as well as on the role of culture, the arts, education and religion



  • additional maps, tables and a chronology



  • a fully updated bibliography.


Exploring the controversies surrounding Nazism and its afterlife in historiography and historical memory Hitler's Germany provides students with an interpretive framework for understanding this extraordinary episode in German and European history.

"The layout reflects years of well-organized lecture notes and in terms of its organization the book will undoubtedly serve undergraduates well, since students will find the more than 220 subchapters helpful in directing their attention to clearly defined topics. --Michael A. Meyer, "Central European History .""A superb introduction for the general reader to the history of Nazi Germany....[Stackelberg] has produced a clearly written, intelligible [book] that should be read before any others....Stackelberg skillfully narrates....[and] presents a well-rounded treatment of Nazi Germany....One of the best historical surveys on the subject to appear in many years."-"Kirkus Reviews "Stackelberg's engrossing narrative history deserves a wide readership. . . Stackelberg cogently argues that Nazi rule was generally maintained by popular consensus rather than by coercion. . . Combining dispassionate analysis with dramatic writing, he provides historical context for Third Reich barbarism by boldly delineating a "pre-history" of Nazism . . . Stackelberg ably covers the Nuremberg trials, German denazification and the contemporary resurgence of militant neo-Nazi fringe groups. . . . gives readers a superb historical synthesis."-"Publishers Weekly

Introduction: the problem of writing about National Socialism
Fascism and the conservative tradition: fascist ideology, constituency, and conditions for its growth
The problem of German unity: absolutism and particularism
The German Empire: the containment of democracy, social imperialism, and the road to war
Germanic ideology: nationalism, vulgarized idealism, and anti-Semitism
The First World War: the crisis of imperial Germany
The Weimar Republic and the weakness of liberal democracy
The collapse of the Weimar Republic: the Great Depression and the rise of the Nazis
The Nazi consolidation of power, 1933-9
Society, culutre, and the state in the Third Reich, 1933-9
Persecution of the Jews, 1933-39
The origins of the Second World War
The Second World War: from European to global war, 1939-41
The Second World War: from triumph to defeat, 1942-5
The Holocaust
Continuities and new beginnings: the aftermath of national Socialism and war
The historians' debate: the place of Hitler's Reich in German history and memory
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ISBN: 9780415201148
ISBN-10: 0415201144
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st April 1999
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.61
Edition Number: 1