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The Third Reich in Power by Richard J. Evans
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May 20, 12

it was amazing
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Read in August, 2009

With the same ability to avoid easy stereotyping that was evident in the first book, this book also provides a very nuanced overview of exactly how the Nazis took over the hearts and minds of the German people, but also demonstrates the limits of all that, which were a lot more evident a lot earlier than you would think.

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 fatigue could be seen in the population, particularly in the area of radio, culture and events, where the regimentation and censorship, achieved a blandness which began to lose audience fairly quickly. The original political emergence of the Nazi's was already due more to the relative lack of organization of the other parties, and in that sense reactive, than that it was an explicit and positive movement. The Nazis deftly exploited their moment and used it to seize power, and suppress the other alternative, but from this careful account it becomes evident that even within a few years a reaction did begin to form, if nothing else in the form of fatigue with the message. This level of nuance was often absent in earlier books, where it often appeared as if the popular support was much greater. Overt dissent had become practically impossible, but listener fatigue is a precursor to it, and these signs of waning credibitlity are important to understand.
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