Nazism, War and Genocide

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Nazism, War and Genocide

New Perspectives on the History of the Third Reich


March 3rd, 2008



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Now available for the first time in paperback, this volume of specially commissioned essays brings together contributions by internationally recognised scholars from Britain, Germany and the USA to present and reflect upon the latest research on the history of the Third Reich. The book provides a new approach to the history of Nazism’s racial policy, its social policy, its planning for war and genocide, and its legacy. It shows how Nazism’s radical ideological drive penetrated the most diverse areas of German society and everyday life. It reminds us that the crimes of the Third Reich were ultimately born of the decisions of a political, military and administrative leadership of singular ambition, drive and brutality.

Contributions by Jane Caplan, Norbert Frei, Dick Geary, Robert Gellately, Neil Gregor, Ian Kershaw, Mark Roseman, Jill Stephenson and Nikolaus Wachsmann.

Nazism, War and Genocide will be essential reading for students of the period.

Richard Evans, BBC History

BBC History

Taken together, the essays presented in this collection do a splendid job of summarising and criticising the state of our knowledge of the field they cover. All are further characterised by a very accessible style and great readability... this book is an ideal way for undergraduates, graduate students, lay people or specialists in other fields to quickly learn the essentials of our current knowledge of some of the central issues surrounding the history of the Third Reich.

Bruce B. Campbell, H-German


Author Information

Neil Gregor is Reader in Modern German History at the University of Southampton. His previous publications include Daimler-Benz in the Third Reich (1998) (winner of the Fraenkel Prize for Contemporary History; shortlisted for the Longman/History Today Book of the Year); and Nazism: A Reader (2000).

Table of Contents

Section TitlePage
Introduction to the paperback edition
List of common German abbreviations used in the text
1 Neil Gregor Nazism-A Political Religion? Rethinking the Voluntarist Turn
2 Jane Caplan Political Detention and the Origin of the Concentration Camps in Nazi Germany, 1933-1935/6
3 Dick Geary Working-Class Identities in the Third Reich
4 Robert Gellately Social Outsiders and the Consolidation of Hitler's Dictatorship, 1933-1939
5 Nikolaus Wachsmann 'Soldiers of the Home Front': Jurists and Legal Terror during the Second World War
6 Jill Stephenson Germans, Slavs and the Burden of Work in Rural Southern Germany during the Second World War
7 Ian Kershaw Did Hitler Miss his Chance in 1940?
8 Mark Roseman Shoot First and Ask Questions Afterwards?
Wannsee and the Unfolding of the Final Solution
9 Norbert Frei Auschwitz and the Germans: History, Knowledge and Memory
List of Contributors
Suggestions for further reading