The Nazi Dictatorship has become the classic exploration of the complex issues historians face when they interpret the Third Reich. Ian Kershaw synthesizes. By: Ian Kershaw Media of The Nazi Dictatorship. See larger image The Nazi Dictatorship is Kershaw’s landmark study of the Third Reich. It covers the major. by. Ian Kershaw. · Rating details · ratings · 13 reviews. This widely-used text on the Nazi regime explores the complex issues historians face when they.

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Crystal Night was the result of lack of coordination as radical elements within the SA-SS security apparatus tried to gain control of Jewish policy. Refresh and try again. I intend to take up many of Kershaw’s suggestions for further reading.

This book is therefore very important, and of great utility to students of the topic — even if one can barely endure his approach. Citing the work of the American historian Christopher Browning in his biography of Hitler, Kershaw argues that in the period —41 the phrase “Final Solution to the Jewish Question” was a “territorial solution”, that such plans as the Nisko Plan and Madagascar Plan were serious and only in the latter half of did the phrase “Final Solution” come to refer to genocide.

This book sets out the scholarly debate in various spheres, shows how the various positions were developed and by whomand then defends the structuralist position. The functionalists argue that although Hitler undoubtedly hated Jews, neither he nor any other member of the Nazi leadership had plans to exterminate them until well into the Second World War.

Mommsen — similar to Broszat. I think it’s worth pointing out that for 25 years plus dogmatic ‘intentionalist’ views of the Holocaust have been rejected by professional historians of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust as it simply isn’t supported by the evidence and has been a non-issue.


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Sean Smart rated it really liked it Jul 24, It’s a brilliant and enlightening book but it does demand that the djctatorship is already reasonably familiar with the contours of the subject, because what Kershaw is doing is outlining recent tendencies in the writing of Third Reich history. To ask other readers questions about The Nazi Dictatorshipplease sign up. American Historical Association members Sign in via society site.

What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? If you are reading out of general interest and don’t know very much about twentieth-century German history, you will find this hard-going.

For serious historians and not for light readings. Oxford University Press,p. The overall structure of government consisted of constantly shifting power bases and warring factions. Share your thoughts with other customers.

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But if its core remains unchanged, its contents must necessarily reflect both new public controversies and the onrush of fresh research. Review Unquestionably the most authoritative, balanced, readable, and meticulously documented introduction to the Third Reich. Worse — it is poorly written — the proof- reading is flawed — there are anacoloutha everywhere It contains substantial revisions to the chapter on Hitler and the Jews and to the survey of recent historical work, particularly with respect to the ‘Goldhagen phenomenon.

Kershaw made the notable claim that “the road to Auschwitz was built by hate, but paved with indifference. This widely-used text on the Nazi regime explores the complex issues historians face when they interpret the Third Reich. Ben rated it liked it Dec 23, Kershaw’s classic initially presents an extensive introduction to the immense historiographical problems, stemming from both documentational issues in the Third Reich and the immense challenge of “rationally” explaining Nazism and its crimes.

The opposite view emphasizes the bourgeois character of Germany.


However, he has agreed with his idea that Hitler did not play much of a role in the day-to-day administration of the government of Nazi Germany. His two-volume biography of Hitler will probably be the standard work on the subject for the next couple of decades.

Everyone who has the opportunity to observe it knows that the Fuhrer can hardly dictate from above everything which he intends to realize sooner or later. Mar 06, Dimitri rated it liked it Shelves: If only you had sided with us. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Still, you come away from this book having read over a hundred books, and with a vastly better understanding both of the Nazi regime and of the historiography surrounding it as well.

All Hitler had to do was make public threats about what was coming to the Jews; his subordinates would correctly interpret this as a hint that anybody who wanted to persecute the Jews would probably not be punished for it. See all 8 reviews. The main strength of the functionalist argument is that it has much better support from the historical evidence.

The Nazi Dictatorship has become the classic exploration of the complex issues historians face when they interpret the Third Reich. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Also Germany has been reunited, obviating the need to speak of West German historians vs. See Mein Kampf Was Nazi foreign policy fully intentional, or more hapless? In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote.

Another view sees Hitler as central, but claims he was more of an opportunist and manipulator than visionary with a set program

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