The Racial State: Germany 1933-1945
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The Racial State: Germany 1933-1945

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Between 1933 and 1945 the Nazi regime in Germany tried to restructure a class society along racial lines. This book reveals the ideas and institutions behind the regime's mission, and shows how Nazi policy affected various groups of people, victims as well as beneficiaries.
Paperback, 404 pages
Published November 7th 1991 by Cambridge University Press (first published 1991)
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An overview of the history of Nazi racial ideology and how it was translated into the laws which systematically discriminated against all those who were not properly 'Aryan'—including Jews, Roma, Sinti, the disabled, homosexuals and Communists. It's useful for its broad overview of the era and for its reproduction of some primary documents; I think I found its methodology a little shaky however, and wasn't so keen on its emphasis on racial concerns as the only driver of the government of the Rei...more
From its inception in 1933 to its demise in 1945, Germany’s Nazi regime undertook a systematic restructuring of society based on racial criteria. Burleigh and Wippermann’s book, The Racial State: Germany 1933-1945, is the authors’ examination of this Nazi racial project. Relying mostly on secondary literature, the authors analyze the ideology of this engineering project, the policies of the project, and the institutions that executed those policies. The distinctive mark of this examination is th...more
Justin Rose
The authors' premise that the objective of Third Reich was to change the class structure of Germany from socially based to racially based is convincing. The Racial State succeeds in persuading readers of this with ample historical examples and references.
Unfortunately this book misses so many opportunities to discover how Germany came to the place where it was willing to try a new social structure. For example, Theodor Hertzl is not even mentioned, but the Aryan Germans must have felt some malev...more
A very eye-opening book. The author is a bit wordy, but it is worth it.
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Michael Burleigh is a British author and historian.
In 1977 Michael Burleigh took a first class honours degree in Medieval and Modern History at University College London, winning the Pollard, Dolley and Sir William Mayer prizes. After a PhD in medieval history in 1982, he went on to hold posts at New College, Oxford, the London School of Economics, and Cardiff where he was Distinguished Research P...more
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