The second book in his acclaimed trilogy on the rise and fall of Nazi Germany, Richard J. Evans' "The Third Reich in Power: How the Nazis Won Over the Hearts and Minds of a Nation" explores how Hitler turned Germany from a vibrant democracy into a one-party state. Before Hitler seized power in 1933, Germany had been famous for its sophistication ...
The second book in his acclaimed trilogy on the rise and fall of Nazi Germany, Richard J. Evans' "The Third Reich in Power: How the Nazis Won Over the Hearts and Minds of a Nation" explores how Hitler turned Germany from a vibrant democracy into a one-party state. Before Hitler seized power in 1933, Germany had been famous for its sophistication and complexity. So how was it possible for a group of ideological obsessives to re-mould it into a one-party state directed at war and race hate? How did the Nazis win over the hearts and minds of Germany's citizens, twist science, religion and culture, and transform the country's politics to achieve total dominance so quickly? From the Nuremberg Laws to the Olympic Games, Kristallnacht to the Hitler Youth, this gripping account shows how a whole population became enmeshed in a dictatorship that was consumed by hatred and driven by war. "Impressive ...perceptive ...humane". (Ian Kershaw). "Excellent ...powerful ...it makes an indelible impression". (Robert Service, "Sunday Times"). "Likely to be the standard work for some years to come". ("Spectator" Books of the Year). "A rich and detailed description of just what the Third Reich did in every compartment of the state and every corner of society...Evans' magisterial study should be on our shelves for a long time to come". ("Economist"). "Written with great style and human sympathy". ("Daily Telegraph" Books of the Year). "Evans brilliantly conveys how the Fuhrer reignited Germans' pride as he led them to catastrophe". (Neal Ascherson, "Observer"). Sir Richard J. Evans is Professor of Modern History at Cambridge University. His previous books include "In Defence of History", "Telling Lies about Hitler" and the companions to this title, "The Coming of the Third Reich" and "The Third Reich at War".
This book is an excellent history of the pre-war years of the Third Reich where Hitler and his entourage ruled with a tight fist, and nothing got by them. Education, Medicine, Law, and other important parts of the society were controlled by appointing pro-Nazi people or people sympathetic to the cause. The author continuously throughout the book makes the reader quite aware of the discrimination against the Jews and others and how so many competent people were removed from positions- in order to make room for the Nazis and their sympathizers. He also makes it abundantly clear that the depression in Germany was halted via a massive arms buildup- where everything including grants- were steered to the arms industry in preparation for war. This book describes everything in the period 1933-1939 when the world looked the other way and payed for it
Publishers Weekly, 2005-07-25 The second volume of Cambridge historian Evans's trilogy on the Third Reich (after The Coming of the Third Reich) is a major achievement. No other recent synthetic history has quite the range and narrative power of Evans's work. There are no surprises here. Instead, the reader will find careful, detailed analyses of all the major issues relating to the Third Reich between Hitler's assumption of power on January 31, 1933, and the start of WWII on September 1, 1939: the construction of the dictatorship, the propaganda, the economy, the racial policy and the planning for war. Evans shows just how difficult it was for Hitler to secure his power in Germany (it required unabashed terror to defeat the Nazis' many opponents), but also how successful was the establishment of the Volksgemeinschaft, the racial community. Once Hitler had successfully consolidated his power, every other aspect of Nazi policy, from education to the economy, became subordinated to the preparation for war. The war, Evans emphasizes, was never simply an effort to redraw the map of Europe. The vast, overarching aim of establishing a racial utopia, a newly modern, German-dominated Europe cleansed of Jews and other undesirables, could only be accomplished through war. When complete, Evans's trilogy will take its place alongside Ian Kershaw's monumental two-volume biography of Hitler as the standard works in English. Illus. and maps not seen by PW. (On sale Oct. 24) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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