Hitler and Nazi Germany: A History
This brief yet comprehensive survey of the Third Reich, based on current research findings, provides a balanced approach in examining Hitler's role in the history of the Third Reich. Coverage encompasses the economic, social, and political forces that made possible the rise and growth of Nazism as well as the institutional, cultural, and social life of the Third Reich; t...more
Well-written, very informative, and not too long at 300 pages. Spielvogel skims over the military aspects and does an excellent job of covering the political and social situation in Germany from 1919 to 1945: why Weimar failed, why the Hitler and the Nazis gained popularity and power, why the Nazis failed, and how all of it impacted Germans at different points through this time period.
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Jackson J. Spielvogel’s Hitler and Nazi Germany A History is an excellent text, covering nearly seventy-five years of German history in approximately three hundred pages. Stretching from Germany’s beginnings as a unified nation in 1871 to its surrender to the Allies on 7 May 1945, the text provides a look at aspects of the country’s history and culture which is shockingly detailed, given its brevity. Take, for example, this passage on Nazi artwork—
The mere rendering of numerous details from ever...more