Professor Hans Mommsen, one of the world's leading experts on the history of the Third Reich, has gathered together a group of historians who are engaged in pioneering research into national socialism. This book covers such topics as the Viennese background to Hitler's career; the development of fascist tendencies amongst the German population during the Weimar period; the nature of popular support for national socialism; the myth of the Nazi economic boom and the ideological concepts and political developments which culminated in the mass murder of European Jews. It makes accessible to a wider public controversial arguments which have resulted from recent reassessments of Hitler's movement and his Nazi regime.
"This is a superb work, one that all students of German history will cite for years to come." --Choice
"[The papers'] quality is uniformly high and, read together, they offer a valuable set of reflections on the relationship between the Third Reich's visionary propoganda and its violent, destructive reality." --History
"A worthwhile study that provides an interesting glimpse into the German perspective on the rise of the Third Reich..." --German Studies Review