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The Coming of the Third Reich (original 2003; edition 2005)

by Richard J. Evans, András Bereznay (Contributor), Joe Montgomery (Cover designer), Stephanie Huntwork (Designer)

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Publisher description: From one of the world's most distinguished historians, a magisterial new reckoning with Hitler's rise to power and the collapse of civilization in Nazi Germany. In 1900 Germany was the most progressive and dynamic nation in Europe, the only country whose rapid technological and social growth and change challenged that of the United States. Its political culture was less authoritarian than Russia's and less anti-Semitic than France's; representative institutions were thriving, and competing political parties and elections were a central part of life. How then can we explain the fact that in little more than a generation this stable modern country would be in the hands of a violent, racist, extremist political movement that would lead it and all of Europe into utter moral, physical, and cultural ruin? There is no story in twentieth-century history more important to understand, and Richard Evans has written the definitive account for our time. A masterful synthesis of a vast body of scholarly work integrated with important new research and interpretations, Evans's history restores drama and contingency to the rise to power of Hitler and the Nazis, even as he shows how ready Germany was by the early 1930s for such a takeover to occur. With many people angry and embittered by military defeat and economic ruin; a state undermined by a civil service, an army, and a law enforcement system deeply alienated from the democratic order introduced in 1918; beset by the growing extremism of voters prey to panic about the increasing popularity of communism; home to a tiny but quite successful Jewish community subject to widespread suspicion and resentment, Germany proved to be fertile ground in which Nazism's ideology of hatred could take root. The first book of what will ultimately be a complete three-volume history of Nazi Germany, The Coming of the Third Reich is a masterwork of the historian's art and the book by which all others on this subject will be judged.… (more)
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Title:The Coming of the Third Reich
Authors:Richard J. Evans
Other authors:András Bereznay (Contributor), Joe Montgomery (Cover designer), Stephanie Huntwork (Designer)
Info:New York: Penguin Books (2005), paperback, 622 pages.
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A great book on the social, economic and ideological roots of Nazi Germany. The author explains in close detail how chaotic the political situation was in the Weimar republic. Not only did it suffer from extreme economic problems, but several major political parties actively rejected and undermined its weak democratic institutions. As a result, the legitimacy of legal authority eroded and the Nazi grassroots movement could eventually terrorize its targets at will. Nationalists yearning for military leadership tried to co-opt Hitler for their own purposes, but misplayed their hand with terrible consequences.
  thcson | Jul 20, 2019 |
I will be giving everyone this book for Christmas. The last chapter should be read by everyone. ( )
  trishrobertsmiller | Jul 15, 2019 |
The first of three volumes of Richard J. Evans' History of the Third Reich. If the other two volumes are of the same caliber as this one, it may turn out to be amongst the best histories I've ever read. This volume covers the development of the Nazi party and it's rise to power (1918 through 1933). The level of detail is impressive - especially given that it covers a broad range of topics (from party politics and the economy to art and culture) during a period with massive upheavals in all parts of German life.

The Nazi's rise to power and the tactics they used to achieve it contain both similarities and important differences with the situation today. Those are not called out in the book (it was originally published in 2003), but a careful reading will nonetheless provide an important cautionary tale. Highly recommended! ( )
  vlodko62 | Dec 29, 2018 |
Excerpts from my original GR review (Oct 2011):
- How remarkable is the dramatic history of a nation that only came into a unified state in 1871? This intense history, the first of a three part epic by the author, is both scholarly and approachable. So many events over several tumultuous decades led to the rise of Nazism, beginning with the ambitious dictates of Kaiser Wilhelm II in the 1870s; the stunning defeat of World War I and the crushing reparations that followed; the hyperinflation of the early 1920s. It's not difficult to come away from this book convinced that Germany was on an intractable march toward fascism well before the Nazi Party brutalized its way to power.
- Many more immediate factors opened the gates to Hitler's ascendency, not the least of which was the worldwide depression started in 1929. But what this book does exceedingly well, is tell us from the street level the political machinations, especially the brilliantly vile use of propaganda and intimidation, that solidified fascism's hold on the society. The simmering hatred of the Jews, a fire stoked since the previous century, as well as a near frenzied fear of the Bolsheviks, were two of the personified tipping points.
- ..I'm not sure anyone could claim a passable understanding of our recent century without a smart grasp of German history from nationhood to World War II. Here is a superb place to start. ( )
1 vote ThoughtPolice | Nov 18, 2018 |
The first of a three book survey of the Third Reich. This book covers the conditions in Germany that led to the Nazi regime up to the circumstances that put them in power. It's not just the political machinations but also the art, culture, economics, and sociological aspects that conspired to create the atmosphere that allowed this government to be. ( )
  ffifield | Oct 17, 2018 |
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