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Nazi Germany : European History in Perspective - Tim Kirk

Nazi Germany

European History in Perspective

By: Tim Kirk

Hardcover Published: 1st June 2006
ISBN: 9780333600726
Number Of Pages: 288

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Hitler's 'thousand-year Reich' lasted barely longer than twelve brief and inglorious years, and yet had an impact on millions of ordinary lives scarcely comparable with any other episode in modern European history.

Nazi Germany examines the origins and development of Nazism, the establishment of the dictatorship and the impact on Germany's economy, society and culture of the regime's single-minded drive towards war and genocide. The view from above, reflected in the movement's ideology, policy and legislation is complemented by the many, often conflicting, views from below, as described in the reports smuggled out of Germany by Socialist dissidents or overheard by the regime's spies and policemen. Tim Kirk depicts a society divided, where most were initially wary of Hitler and sceptical about his party and its promises, and where even enthusiastic admirers quickly became disgruntled; but where the majority complied and few were inclined to oppose or resist the regime, or its brutalities, until disillusionment set in and the prospect of defeat was imminent.

Approachable and authoritative, this is an essential introduction to one of the most significant periods in German, and modern European, history.

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'[Kirk] has succeeded in delivering an important addition to the range of books on the Third Reich. Any History department including twentieth-century Germany in its syllabus ought to purchase it...Tim Kirk's achievement has been to unfold this sorry tale in what is a masterpiece of scholarly precision and compression.' - Ron Grant, SATH History Teaching Review 'A comprehensive introduction to the development of Nazism in Germany' - Sage Race Relations Abstracts

Acknowledgementsp. viii
Introduction: Peculiarities of German Historiographyp. 2
The Origins and Development of Nazismp. 10
The Radical Right in Central Europep. 10
Hitler and the Nazi Partyp. 16
Who Supported the Nazis?p. 23
The Demise of Parliamentary Democracy and the Rise of Hitlerp. 28
The Nazi Dictatorshipp. 34
The Consolidation of Powerp. 35
The 'National Revolution'p. 42
'Polycratic' Government and the Cumulative Radicalisation of Policyp. 46
The Fuhrer State?p. 49
Nazism and the Economyp. 56
Nazi Economic Ideologyp. 56
The Re-ordering of Industrial Relationsp. 59
Thwarted Expectations: The Mittelstand and the New Regimep. 62
'Blood and Soil': The Impact of Nazi Policies in the Countrysidep. 66
Economic Recovery and Economic Crisisp. 69
The Four-Year Plan and the Defence Economy in Peace-timep. 71
The Nazi Economy at Warp. 75
The Myth of the 'National Community': German Society under Nazismp. 83
Blood, Soil and Communityp. 84
Class Consciousness and National Communityp. 85
Workers and the Workplacep. 88
Consumers and Consumptionp. 92
Accommodation and Alienation Among the Middle Classesp. 94
Professionals and Public Servants in the Nazi Statep. 98
Young People in the Third Reich: A Nazi Generation?p. 102
Compromises and Conflicts of Interest: The Churches and Nazismp. 108
Revolutionary Rhetoric and Social Realityp. 111
Culture, Leisure and Propagandap. 113
The New Cultural Orderp. 114
Nazism and the Mass Mediap. 118
Supervised Leisure: Strength through Joyp. 128
Consensus and Opposition in the Third Reichp. 132
The Political Policep. 132
The Reich Security Head Office (RSHA)p. 137
The SSp. 138
The Concentration Camp Systemp. 141
Resistancep. 145
Reproduction, the Family and Racial Hygienep. 150
Women, Wives and Mothersp. 151
Family Policyp. 159
Criminal Sexualitiesp. 162
'Life Unworthy of Life'p. 168
Anti-Semitism and the Holocaustp. 173
'Scientific' Racismp. 173
Anti-Semitism in Germanyp. 175
The Persecution of the Jews under the Nazi Regimep. 177
Systematic Discrimination under the Nuremberg Lawsp. 179
The Radicalisation of Anti-Jewish Measuresp. 182
Operation Barbarossa and the Origins of the Holocaustp. 189
Genocidep. 191
Foreign Policy and the Second World Warp. 195
Hitler and Nazi Foreign Policy in the Weimar Republicp. 196
Revisionism, Re-armament and the Restoration of German Greatnessp. 199
War and Expansionp. 202
Conflict of Ideologies: War with the Soviet Unionp. 210
Women and the War Effortp. 215
Demoralisation and Defeatp. 216
Conclusionp. 219
Notesp. 223
Glossary of Terms and Abbreviationsp. 250
Further Readingp. 255
Indexp. 266
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ISBN: 9780333600726
ISBN-10: 033360072X
Series: European History in Perspective
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st June 2006
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.3 x 14.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1