A Concise History of Nazi Germany by Joseph W. Bendersky

By Joseph W. Bendersky

This balanced historical past bargains a concise, readable creation to Nazi Germany. Combining compelling narrative storytelling with research, Joseph W. Bendersky bargains an authoritative survey of the main political, monetary, and social components that powered the increase and fall of the 3rd Reich. Now in its fourth version, the booklet contains major study of contemporary years, research of the politics of reminiscence, postwar German controversies approximately international warfare II and the Nazi period, and extra on non-Jewish sufferers. Delving into the complexity of social lifestyles in the Nazi kingdom, it additionally reemphasizes the the most important function performed through racial ideology in picking the guidelines and practices of the 3rd Reich. Bendersky paints a desirable photograph of ways regular electorate negotiated their approach via either the threatening energy at the back of convinced Nazi regulations and the robust enticements to acquiesce or collaborate. His vintage remedy offers a useful evaluate of an issue that keeps its historic value and modern value.

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On the eve of World War I, Germany was at its peak of economic and military power. Its amazing technological and industrial advancement, like its intellectual creativity, were recognized around the world, and Germans looked forward to even greater power, prestige, and wealth in the future. During the early phase of the war, the Germans were confident of a victory that would greatly expand their empire in Europe and also establish German hegemony over most of the Continent. Many German intellectuals justified the war as a struggle of superior German culture against the decadent cultures of the Western powers.

His knowledge came mostly from newspapers and pamphlets and books published by the popular, often anti-Semitic press in Vienna. His grandiose ideological statements could not withstand critical analysis, and he rarely tried to provide sufficient evidence to back up his arguments. The foundation of his political outlook was his own unshakable belief that he was correct. Yet Hitler’s beliefs have been shared by many before and after him. ” Both argued that evolution had produced races with different intellectual characteristics and potential, among which the “Aryan” or “Nordic” race was the most advanced on the evolutionary scale.

Indb 31 5/13/13 9:02 AM 32 / Chapter Three and anti-Semites with allegedly scientific arguments. Chamberlain exercised considerable influence on Hitler’s thinking. The evolution of the völkisch movement coincided with the emergence of modern nationalism, one of the most powerful ideologies of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. While the völkisch movement had a limited following, the nationalistic ideology was embraced by most Germans and actively promoted by the country’s political and educational elites.

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