This book is the culmination of more than three decades of meticulous historiographic research on Nazi Germany by one of the periods most distinguished historians. The volume brings together the most important and influential aspects of Ian Kershaws 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.
About the Author
Ian Kershaw is a highly acclaimed historian and professor of modern history at the University of Sheffield. He is well known for his writings on Nazi Germany, especially his definitive two-volume biography of Adolf Hitler, Hitler, 1889–1936: Hubris and Hitler, 1936–1945: Nemesis. He lives in Manchester, GB.
"'this short book goes to the heart of the great debates over Nazism, then examines the progress of the debates themselves... an important contribution to the historiography of the Second World War. Plus it's a page-turner.' Andrew Roberts, The Mail on Sunday 'an excellent chance to acquire, in a single volume, Kershaw's writings on the Holocaust... The classic essays in the first two sections of the book will remain required reading for students of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust for years to come.' Dan Stone, BBC History Magazine 'To a field that is increasingly fragmented, faddish and cursed by jargon, Kershaw brings a grounded, unified perspective that is conveyed with precision and clarity. His unflashy style, personal reticence and sheer decency are, sadly, too often absent among 'celebrity historians'.' David Cesarini, Literary Review"
|Hitler and the Final Solution|
|'Working towards the Fuhrer': Reflections on the Nature of the Hitler Dictatorship||p. 29|
|Ideologue and Propagandist: Hitler in Light of His Speeches, Writings and Orders, 1925-1928||p. 49|
|Improvised Genocide? The Emergence of the 'Final Solution' in the 'Warthegau'||p. 60|
|Hitler's Role in the 'Final Solution'||p. 89|
|Popular Opinion and the Jews in Nazi Germany|
|The 'Everyday' and the 'Exceptional': The Shaping of Popular Opinion, 1933-1939||p. 119|
|German Popular Opinion during the 'Final Solution': Information, Comprehension, Reactions||p. 139|
|Reactions to the Persecution of the Jews||p. 151|
|Popular Opinion and the Extermination of the Jews||p. 197|
|German Popular Opinion and the 'Jewish Question', 1939-1943: Some Further Reflections||p. 210|
|The Final Solution in Historiography|
|Hitler and the Holocaust||p. 237|
|'Normality' and Genocide: The Problem of 'Historicization'||p. 282|
|Shifting Perspectives: Historiographical Trends in the Aftermath of Unification||p. 303|
|The Uniqueness of Nazism|
|Hitler and the Uniqueness of Nazism||p. 343|
|War and Political Violence in Twentieth-Century Europe||p. 361|
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Number Of Pages: 394
Published: 1st June 2009
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.7 x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.5