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Hitler, the Germans, and the Final Solution - Ian Kershaw

Hitler, the Germans, and the Final Solution

Paperback Published: 9th June 2009
ISBN: 9780300151275
Number Of Pages: 400

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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 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"

Introductionp. 1
Hitler and the Final Solution
'Working towards the Fuhrer': Reflections on the Nature of the Hitler Dictatorshipp. 29
Ideologue and Propagandist: Hitler in Light of His Speeches, Writings and Orders, 1925-1928p. 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, 1933-1939p. 119
German Popular Opinion during the 'Final Solution': Information, Comprehension, Reactionsp. 139
Reactions to the Persecution of the Jewsp. 151
Popular Opinion and the Extermination of the Jewsp. 197
German Popular Opinion and the 'Jewish Question', 1939-1943: Some Further Reflectionsp. 210
The Final Solution in Historiography
Hitler and the Holocaustp. 237
'Normality' and Genocide: The Problem of 'Historicization'p. 282
Shifting Perspectives: Historiographical Trends in the Aftermath of Unificationp. 303
The Uniqueness of Nazism
Hitler and the Uniqueness of Nazismp. 343
War and Political Violence in Twentieth-Century Europep. 361
Acknowledgmentsp. 381
Indexp. 385
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ISBN: 9780300151275
ISBN-10: 0300151276
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 9th June 2009
Publisher: Yale University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.7  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.51

Ian Kershaw


About the Author


Ian Kershaw is Professor of Modern history at the University of Sheffield. For services to history he was given the German award of the Federal Cross of Merit in 1994. he was knighted in 2002 and awarded the Norton Medlicott Medal by the Historical Association in 2004. He was historical advisor to three BBC series: The Nazis: A Warning From History, War of the Century and Auschwitz.

His most recent books are Hitler 1889-1936: Hubris and 1936-1945: Nemesis, which received the Wolfson Literary Award for History and the Bruno Kreisky Prize in Austria for the Political Book of the Year, and was joint winner of the inaugural British Academy Book Prize; Making Friends with Hitler: Lord Londonberry and Britain's Road to War, which won the Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography in 2005; and Fateful Choices: Ten Decisions that Changed the World, 1940-1941.

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