By Joseph W. Bendersky
This balanced background bargains a concise, readable advent to Nazi Germany. Combining compelling narrative storytelling with research, Joseph W. Bendersky deals 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 publication contains major learn of contemporary years, research of the politics of reminiscence, postwar German controversies approximately international battle II and the Nazi period, and extra on non-Jewish sufferers. Delving into the complexity of social lifestyles in the Nazi nation, it additionally reemphasizes the the most important function performed by way of racial ideology in picking out the regulations and practices of the 3rd Reich. Bendersky paints a desirable photograph of ways common electorate negotiated their means via either the threatening energy at the back of sure Nazi regulations and the robust enticements to acquiesce or collaborate. His vintage remedy offers a useful review of a subject matter that keeps its ancient value and modern significance.
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Additional info for A concise history of Nazi Germany
Nazism, like fascism generally, was a unique historical development that embodied a variety of aspects from the right and left. Nazism created a distinctive synthesis of the formerly opposing ideological forces of nationalism and socialism. It was not a reactionary movement, attempting to return Germany to some previous political and social order. Quite the contrary, this novel historical force of nazism was very much a forwardlooking and -thrusting movement. It shared the fervent nationalism of the right.
He was relentless in his efforts to promote what Marxists would call the “cult of personality,” and nazism became inextricably linked with his name. Adolf Hitler considered himself a political messiah, and many of those who followed him had an almost religious devotion to and faith in the Führer they came to regard as their savior. Hitler’s cultivation of this image was designed to ensure that he alone would be the dominant force within the party and eventually in Germany. In this respect, the Führerprinzip proved essential in Hitler’s triumph over his competition in the NSDAP.
Like many romantics, völkisch writers tended to paint a glorified, essentially mythological and inaccurate picture of medieval times, when the ideal Gemeinschaft supposedly existed. In their medieval utopia, the community was rooted in the land and bound together by custom and tradition. Heroic leaders, peasants, and craftsmen lived together in harmony with nature and each other as part of an organic whole. Each knew his proper place in society and had a purpose and meaning to his life; there was no exploitation, class conflict, or selfish individualism; timehonored customs and traditions provided a sense of psychological security.