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The Death of Democracy : Hitler's Rise to Power - Benjamin Carter Hett

The Death of Democracy

Hitler's Rise to Power

Paperback Published: 5th March 2019
ISBN: 9781786090300
Number Of Pages: 304

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A Times and Telegraph Book of the Year

A landmark account of the fall of the Weimar Republic and the rise of Hitler, based on award-winning research, and recently discovered archival material.

What caused the fall of the most progressive government in twentieth-century europe, and the rise of the most terrifying?

In the 1930s, Germany was at a turning point, with many looking to the Nazi phenomenon as part of widespread resentment towards cosmopolitan liberal democracy and capitalism. This was a global situation that pushed Germany to embrace authoritarianism, nationalism and economic self-sufficiency, kick-starting a revolution founded on new media technologies, and the formidable political and self-promotional skills of its leader.

Based on award-winning research and recently discovered archival material, The Death of Democracy is a panoramic new survey of one of the most important periods in modern history, and a book with a resounding message for the world today.

About the Author

Benjamin Carter Hett is a former lawyer and a professor of history at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He is the author of Death in the Tiergarten, Crossing Hitler, winner of the Fraenkel Prize, and Burning the Reichstag.

Industry Reviews

"Extremely fine... with careful prose and scholarship, with fine thumbnail sketches of individuals and concise discussions of institutions and economics, he brings these events close to us. Hett... sensitively describes a moral crisis that preceded a moral catastrophe." -- Timothy Snyder * The New York Times *
"Intelligent, well-informed... intriguing. Hett provides a lesson about the fragility of democracy and the danger of that complacent belief that liberal institutions will always protect us." -- Gerard DeGroot * The Times *
"Readable and well-researched, with the injection of fresh contemporary voices, The Death of Democracy is also a thoughtful reflection of how our time more resembles the Thirties than the Noughties." * Daily Telegraph *
"Benjamin Carter Hett deftly summarises this dismal period... Hett refrains from poking the reader with too many obvious contemporary parallels, but he knew what he was doing when he left "German" out of his title. On the book's final page, he lays his cards on the table... "Suddenly, the whole thing looks close and familiar." Yes, it does." -- Alex Ross * New Yorker *
"A superb explanation of how democracy died in Weimar Germany. Too much of this story seems painfully familiar today." -- Gerard DeGroot * The Times, 'Books of the Year' *

ISBN: 9781786090300
ISBN-10: 1786090309
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 5th March 2019
Publisher: Cornerstone
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.21

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