A concise history of Nazi Germany by Joseph W. Bendersky

By Joseph W. Bendersky

This balanced background deals a concise, readable creation to Nazi Germany. Combining compelling narrative storytelling with research, Joseph W. Bendersky deals an authoritative survey of the most important political, fiscal, and social elements that powered the increase and fall of the 3rd Reich. Now in its fourth version, the booklet accommodates major examine of contemporary years, research of the politics of reminiscence, postwar German controversies approximately global struggle II and the Nazi period, and extra on non-Jewish sufferers. Delving into the complexity of social existence in the Nazi nation, it additionally reemphasizes the an important function performed via racial ideology in deciding on the rules and practices of the 3rd Reich. Bendersky paints a desirable photo of the way regular electorate negotiated their manner via either the threatening energy at the back of definite Nazi guidelines and the robust enticements to acquiesce or collaborate. His vintage remedy presents a useful assessment of a subject matter that keeps its historic value and modern value.

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By the turn of the century, German nationalism had reached the stage of extreme chauvinism, as patriotism was transformed into a feeling of German superiority. Many nationalistic writers and politicians claimed that German culture was indeed superior to that of other nations and that Germany had a historic mission to spread its culture and expand its influence in the world. Such notions were interconnected with Germany’s militaristic tradition, its glorification of the army and power, and its goal of enhancing its political status on the international scene.

The uneducated Drexler, though he could ramble on about the causes of Germany’s misery, was as ineffective at public speaking as he was incompetent at organizing. Similarly, Harrer, whose leadership potential was also nil, proudly assumed the title of national chairman of a nonexistent national organization. ” Even those with some talent or potential were distinguished by their social deviance and ideological extremism. Dietrich Eckart, for example, was a poet and journalist, but his vehement oral and written assaults on Jews knew no limits.

It was the DAP’s goal of rallying the working classes behind the nationalist cause and the army that brought him into the party. But he, too, had his personality problems, and by 1923 his wild-spirited behavior and uncontrollable temper led to his forced resignation from the officer corps. It was difficult to imagine that any party that had such a group as a foundation would amount to anything politically, let alone dramatically change the course of human history. The beginning of the transformation of this small, disorganized lot into a major historical movement can be traced to a party meeting held on the evening of September 12, 1919.

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