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Nazi Germany : European History in Perspective - Tim Kirk

Nazi Germany

European History in Perspective

By: Tim Kirk

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Published: 1st June 2006
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"Nazi Germany" is a succinct general study of the origins and development of the Nazi dictatorship, its impact on Germany and Europe and its consequences for our understanding of German and European history. Tim Kirk focuses on the relationship between Nazism and German society, and covers a number of important and controversial themes, including the social base of Nazism, the role of Hitler in the party and the Third Reich, the impact of Nazism on the everyday lives of ordinary Germans and the relationship between Nazi racial and eugenic policies and the Holocaust. He also examines the role of Hitler and Nazi ideology in the development of German foreign policy and concludes with a review of the many different interpretations and explanations of Nazism.

'[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: 9780333600733
ISBN-10: 0333600738
Series: European History in Perspective
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 278
Published: 1st June 2006
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.4 x 14.2  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 1