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The Nazi Dictatorship


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Historians and the problem of explaining Nazism; the essence of Nazism - forms of fascism, brand of totalitarianism, or unique phenomena?; politics and economics in the Nazi state; Hitler - "master in the Third Reich" or "weak dictator"?; Hitler and the Holocaust; Nazi foreign policy - Hitler's "programme" or "expansion without object"?; the Third Reich - "social reaction" or "social revolution"?; "resistance without the people"?; "normality" and genocide - the problem of "historicization"; shifting perspectives - historiographical trends in the aftermath of unification.

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Brings the range and nature of the latest debates in the field into sharp focus Thoroughly revised and up-dated throughout Two chapters have been substantially re-written From the author of the new standard biography of Hitler

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Sir Ian Kershaw is Professor of Modern History at the University of Sheffield, UK. Among his other publications is the internationally acclaimed biography Hitler (2 vols, 1998 and 2000). He is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Historical Society.


Unquestionably the most authoritative, balanced, readable, and meticulously documented introduction to the Third Reich. International History Review Impressive acute extraordinary. English Historical Review The best short introduction to the study of Hitler's Germany. European History Quarterly

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