The Nazi Dictatorship is Kershaw’s landmark study of the Third Reich. It covers the major themes and debates relating to Nazism including the Holocaust, Hitler’s . The Nazi Dictatorship has become the classic exploration of the complex issues historians face when they interpret the Third Reich. Ian Kershaw synthesizes. This widely-used text on the Nazi regime explores the complex issues historians face when they interpret the Third Reich. Kershaw expertly synthesizes data.

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The Nazi Dictatorship : Ian Kershaw :

Ian Kershaw synthesizes and evaluates this complex historiography, looking at the major themes and debates relating to Nazism and drawing widely on the findings of a great deal of research, in particular by German scholars, which is not available in English. It developed piecemeal as a response to circumstances deportation policy, failure to invade the USSR as they developed.

Nazism is politically unique, should not be confused with Stalinism.

In spite of essentially merging several views, the book is extremely informative and most clear stands on important questions are either taken or rejected. All of these things historians of the Third Reich have had to grapple dictatlrship, and still do more than two decades after the book’s publication. Email alerts New issue alert. 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.

Among dictatorshop publications is the internationally acclaimed two volume biography Hitler keershaw In its pages, a powerful synthesis on various perspectives on Nazi rule is given, showing how for example the Holocaust is best understood as arising both from the vague, competetive hierarchies of Nazi Germany, and the influence of Nazi ideology.

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Ought we to look at the Holocaust as something situated in history, or something so awful that historiography can’t properly explain it and we need to resort to moral terminology? Known for his clear and accessible style when dealing with complex historical issues his work has redefined the way we look at this period modern European history. Based on Lenin, fascism is a necessary and final stage of bourgeois capitalist rule He was originally trained as a medievalist but turned to the study of modern German social history in the s.

A radical expression of German Nationalism. Kershaw presents all sides of the current and past arguments, and presents a final analysis.

The Nazi Dictatorship: Problems and Perspectives of Interpretation by Ian Kershaw

It is an incredibly educational, well-referenced, scholarly yet tersely written work that demonstrates not only the importance of understanding every aspect of a society in order to explain its collective actions, but also the inherent difficulties in applying any historical method even kershzw a relatively recent and well-documented period.

Kershaw disagrees with Mommsen’s “Weak Dictator” thesis: Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x European History 20th Century History: Kershaw is not so bad as these two. May 28, Hollis rated it it was amazing Shelves: Looking for beautiful books? Oxford University Press,p.

Difference and Repetition Gilles Deleuze. Tim rated it really liked it Jun 19, Kershaw was later in a essay to criticise both Ritter and Meinecke as German apologists who either through the Betriebsunfall theory and by blaming everything upon Hitler was seeking to white-wash the German past. Jan 19, AC rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.


Retrieved 4 May Pre War Jewish Policy: The Holocaust did not start from a single decision or directive.

The Nazi Dictatorship

Taylor, the great British historian and reactionary once said that there was nothing wrong with Hitler in foreign policy, except for the fact that he was a German.

For Kershaw, any historian writing about the period had to take account of the “historical-philosophical”, “political-ideological” and moral problems associated with the period, which thus poses special challenges for the historian. Drawing on the findings of a wide range of research, particularly the work of German scholars dictagorship has not been This widely-used text on the Nazi regime explores the complex issues historians face when they interpret the Third Reich. Kershaw examines some of the ways historians look at the Third Reich: Kater contended that Kershaw downplayed the extent of popular antisemitism, and that though admitting that most of the “spontaneous” antisemitic actions of Nazi Germany were staged, argued that because these actions involved ditatorship numbers of Germans, it is wrong to see the extreme antisemitism of the Nazis as coming solely from above.

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Is Nazism a form of fascism or an example of totalitarianism? Education for Critical Consciousness Paulo Freire. Problems and Perspectives of InterpretationLondon: According to Kershaw, we need to look at the tension between both perspectives as a dialectical push an pull between intention and structure p. The regime was not willing to impose short term reductions or lower the standard of living