The Nazi Dictatorship: Problems and Perspectives of Interpretation

The Nazi Dictatorship Problems and Perspectives of Interpretation This widely used text on the Nazi regime explores the complex issues historians face when they interpret the Third Reich Kershaw expertly synthesizes data and evaluates complex historiography looking

  • Title: The Nazi Dictatorship: Problems and Perspectives of Interpretation
  • Author: Ian Kershaw
  • ISBN: 9780340490082
  • Page: 296
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Nazi Dictatorship: Problems and Perspectives of Interpretation

    This widely used text on the Nazi regime explores the complex issues historians face when they interpret the Third Reich Kershaw expertly synthesizes data and evaluates complex historiography looking at the major themes and debates among scholars about Nazism Drawing on the findings of a wide range of research, particularly the work of German scholars which has not beenThis widely used text on the Nazi regime explores the complex issues historians face when they interpret the Third Reich Kershaw expertly synthesizes data and evaluates complex historiography looking at the major themes and debates among scholars about Nazism Drawing on the findings of a wide range of research, particularly the work of German scholars which has not been widely available in English editions, he uncovers interpretational problems, outlines the approaches taken by various historians, and provides clear evaluations of their positions.

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    1. AC

      The traditional view of Hitler and the Reich was that Hitler dominated all aspects of Nazi policy, and that the entire drive to world domination and genocide was driven by his ideological fanaticism, all of which was set out in frightening detail long before the seizure of power (1933) in Mein Kampf (1925), that turgid and rambling ideological autobiography. This interpretation has been dubbed by modern scholars (with their usual love of trivializing labels) as the "intentionalist" or "monocrati [...]

    2. Lobstergirl

      Three stars because this is the second edition, published in 1989, and there's been much intervening scholarship. (Also Germany has been reunited, obviating the need to speak of West German historians vs. East German historians.) This is a dense (though not terribly long) work of Third Reich historiography, not history, so I wouldn't recommend it to a casual history reader unless they really want to know about the Historikerstreit, for example. Kershaw examines some of the ways historians look a [...]

    3. Dimitri

      Ian Kershaw's introduction to the historiography of the Third Reich deserves merit for its insightful inclusion of (West-) German scholarship, but unfortunately the new information incorporated into the newer editions is meagre, with the bulk of the text limited to the 1980s. This book ages more rapid than it should. To end on a positive note : for non-scholars, even the older conclusions will challenge their popular assumptions.

    4. Peter Jana

      The Nazi Dictatorship: Problems and Perspectives is an exemplary historiography. Evans synthesizes numerous different perspectives on the main topics of debate and includes his own. A lot has been written since 2000, so I hope that a new edition will eventually be released. I've outlined selected chapters below: Chapter 2: The Essence of NazismI. Is Nazism a form of fascism or an example of totalitarianism? A.Totalitarinsim: Nazism and Stalinism are fundamentally thesame. See page 36 for critici [...]

    5. Filip Rajakovic

      A brilliant work, I have to warn many avid Nazi-period historical buffs, that this work focus on the historiography of the rise of Nazism and its brutal reign of terror. The historiographical debates and various school of thoughts regarding many topics, especially the very interesting and very controversial Intentionalists vs Functionalists are simply explained to novice readers.

    6. L. C. Nielsen

      Kershaw's classic initially presents an extensive introduction to the immense historiographical problems, stemming from both documentational issues in the Third Reich and the immense challenge of "rationally" explaining Nazism and its crimes. In its pages, a powerful synthesis on various perspectives on Nazi rule is given, showing how for example the Holocaust is best understood as arising both from the vague, competetive hierarchies of Nazi Germany, and the influence of Nazi ideology. It also e [...]

    7. Josh Liller

      Let me sum up this book in a sentence:"If the redundant echoes of 'atomized mass society' theories can be dispensed with, then it may indeed be at the social rather than the institutional level that, if not the full-blown, politically loaded concept of totalitarianism, then the more modest notion of the of the 'total claim' of a regime on its subjects could prove heuristically useful in a comparative analysis of behavioral patterns - acclamatory and oppositional - in quite differently structured [...]

    8. BC

      This book is amazing. Anyone intimidated by the vast literature on the Nazi period can take away the knowledge and interpretation of entire bookshelves by reading this one book. Kershaw's understanding and analysis are amazing, although his conclusions when dealing with historiographical disputes tend to be a little too 'middle of the road'. Still, you come away from this book having read over a hundred books, and with a vastly better understanding both of the Nazi regime and of the historiograp [...]

    9. Hollis

      If you want a book that unravels all the complexities and key areas of debate in the study of Nazi Germany, this is the best. My only problem is that many of the reviewers on the back of the book seem to think that it would make a great introduction to the subject and I cannot agree with that assessment. If you are reading out of general interest and don't know very much about twentieth-century German history, you will find this hard-going.

    10. Phillip Tigue

      This is a historiography, not a history. This book is for those interested in the developments in the historical arguments centered on the Third Reich. Kershaw presents all sides of the current (and past) arguments, and presents a final analysis. For serious historians and not for light readings. No fluff here.

    11. Marc

      Very interesting collection of articles on quite diverse aspects of nazism. A prelude to his great Hitler-biography.

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