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

by Professor of European History Richard J Evans (Author)

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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)
Title:The Coming of the Third Reich
Authors:Professor of European History Richard J Evans (Author)
Info:The Penguin Press (2005), Edition: Reprint, 622 pages
Collections:Your library, Insightful books
Tags:german history, nazism, dictatorial politics

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Dit boek is een uitstekende algemene geschiedenis van hoe Adolf Hitler en zijn NSDAP de macht in Duitsland hebben weten te grijpen. Het boek besteed ruime aandacht aan de voorgeschiedenis hiervan, volgend op het Congress van Wenen; speciaal op de omstandigheden waarin Otto von Bismarck de Duitse Bond omvormde tot het Duitse Keizerrijk, het uitbreken en verloop van de Eerste Wereldoorlog, en uiteraard de Duitse nederlaag die een absolute schok was voor de Duitsers. De nederlaag die de jonge Adolf Hitler mee zou vormen tot de man die hij later geworden is.

Vervolgens gaat de auteur over naar de periode van de Weimarrepubliek, en maakt hij duidelijk dat ondanks de vele gebreken de Weimar-democratie niet inherent gedoemd was te mislukken, maar dat de historische gebeurtenissen in de jaren 1920' ervoor zorgden dat het geen levensvatbare voedingsbodem kreeg. Eerst worden de algemene omstandigheden en geschiedenis van de Weimarrepubliek besproken zonder specifieke aandacht voor Hitler en de NSDAP, en in een later deel bespreekt hij dan de levensloop van Hitler, zijn machtsovername in de NSDAP, en zijn langzame mars naar de machtsovername in heel Duitsland.

Het laatste deel handelt over de bestendiging van het nieuwe Hitler-regime door de "nationaal-socialistische revolutie", de uitschakeling van de andere politieke partijen, en de "Gelijkschakeling" - zoals de Nazi's dat noemden - van de gehele Duitse maatschappij. Voorlopig met uitzondering van het leger en de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk, die laatste via een Concordaat met het Vaticaan. Het is uiterst ontstellend hoe snel deze "Gelijkschakeling" verliep vanaf de inauguratie van Adolf Hitler als Rijkskanselier p 30 januari 1933 tot het einde van de zomer van datzelfde jaar. Het is bij dat punt dat het boek eindigt, en de verdere vestiging van het Nazi-regime wordt besproken in Deel II: Dictatuur.

Het boek is geschreven in een stijl en taalgebruik dat gemakkelijk te volgen is voor een leek, doch zonder specifiek vulgariserend of academisch te zijn. De gemiddelde lezer zal het boek goed kunnen volgen. Een aanrader voor iedereen die meer wilt weten over hoe het nationaal-socialisme tot stand is kunnen komen. ( )
  AMartinios | Sep 16, 2019 |
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 extremely severe economic problems, but several major political parties rejected and undermined its weak democratic institutions. As a result, the legitimacy of legal authorities eroded and the Nazi grassroots movement could terrorize its chosen 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. ( )
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