The Third Reich in Power (The History of the Third Reich #2)
This magnificent second volume of Richard J. Evans's three-volume history of Nazi Germany was hailed by Benjamin Schwartz of the "Atlantic Monthly" as "the definitive English-language account... gripping and precise." It chronicles the incredible story of Ger...more
The author pursues various themes: Germany as a police state, the suppression and take-over of all media, the struggle with the Churches, the appropriation of business and putting it on a war footing, the indoctrination and manipulation of the people (by the Hitler Youth, subsidized vacations…), the war against German Jews for the support of racial purification and fin...more
Is anti-intellectualism the designed obsolescence of totalitarianism?
"At the Belgian border crossing, huge numbers of rabbits appear one day and declare that they are political refugees. "The Gestapo wants to arrest all giraffes as enemies of the stat...more
My only real issue with the books is that there is a gre...more
What perhaps interests me most is the clues you get from this book in terms of how early the Nazi's did begin to lose steam. Quite evidently already by 1936 a certain level of fa...more
Where it suffers (though it's a rather heavy word) is that, because the era is arguably not as interesting as the one preceding it in the first volume of Evan's work, some times it becomes a bit tedious - unless you're a sociology scholar or...more
Every page leads me to wonder about the occurring circumstances taking place at the time. Once the inertia...more
Fans of William Shirer's classic Rise and Fall of the Third Reich might be disappointed by Cambridge historian Richard J. Evans's ongoing history of Nazi power. This second volume is not a gripping yarn of Hitler's cult of personality but an evenhanded, intensively researched, synthesized history. That said, it's no stuffy academic tome; the New York Times Book Review dubs Evans an "Heir to a British tradition of dons who write engagingly for a broad public." A few reviewers take aesthetic umbra...more
The first book provided historical context to this period. The second book shows what most societies can degenerate to in the worst case. We often see that good people do not have enough courage, guile or collective power to r...more
Evan's three-volume exploration of the Third Reich added much to my understanding of this brief period of European history. Of the three...more
'The Third Reich in Power' deals with the short period of time between the seizure of power in 1933 and the invasion of P...more
At the same time he touches on such lesser-known aspects of the Third Reich is how it dealt with existing institutions, art and music in Nazi Germany, the beginnings of the genocidal horrors perpetrated against various minorities (most especially of course t...more
Aimed at both amateurs (like me) and historians, it's...more
The troubles in Germany caused in no small part by the peace settlement after WW1,gradualy lead to the need for strong leadership and a sense of pride to be restored almost above all else.
The latent Antisemitism present not just in Germany but in many parts of Europe at the time was eventually given full reign,and the eugenics was already talked about many years before.
This book is highly r...more
I haven't read RJE's first volume on the rise to power, but am adding this to my reading list.