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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Ian Kershaw

Radicalization of violence had negative economic consequences and was generally disruptive to society. View all 9 comments. Pre-modern forces pre-industrial, feudal traditions co-existed with modern forces to create unique conditions.

In this book, Kershaw examined the experience of the Nazi era at the grass-roots in Bavaria. The Essence of Nazism I. Kershaw disagrees with Mommsen’s “Weak Dictator” thesis: I’ve heard good things about Ian Kershaw and this book has a high rating, but if he writes like this all the time I’m not going to touch his books with a ten-foot pole.

Ian Kershaw – Wikipedia

As a lecturer in medieval history at Manchester, Kershaw learned German to study the German peasantry in the Middle Ages. He even voted for Tony Blair, apparently Lucy Dawidowicz and Gerald Fleming p. Most users should sign in with their email address. Still, reading this book required some strength of character on my part. Was Nazi Germany the product of the character of German capitalism?


The regime was not willing to impose short term reductions or lower the standard of living Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Historical Society and was knighted in for services to the field of history.

The Nazi Dictatorship : Ian Kershaw :

The Essence of Nazism: To Have or To Be? The opposite view emphasizes the bourgeois character of Germany. Kershaw — Sir Ian — who’s two volume biography has earned him great honors there is now a one-volume abridgment available — is though usually quite sensible and never extreme; Mommsen was, by contrast a ‘Structuralist’.

Is Nazism a form of fascism or an example of totalitarianism? 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.

Trivia About The Nazi Dictator This new edition reflects current concerns and fresh research. If only you had sided with us.


He is regarded by many as one of the world’s leading experts on Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germanyand is particularly noted for his biographies of Hitler. Let me sum up this book in a sentence: Kershaw presents all sides of the current and past arguments, and presents a final analysis.

Bloomsbury AcademicAug 28, – History – pages. Apr 08, Phillip Tigue rated it it was amazing.

Will rated it liked it Oct 20, The strength of pre-modern forces fundamentally prevailed and led to the Third Reich. The overall structure of government consisted of constantly shifting power bases and warring factions. The Holocaust in HistoryToronto: We use cookies to give you the best possible experience.

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