This balanced history offers a concise, readable introduction to Nazi Germany. Combining compelling narrative storytelling with analysis, Joseph W. Bendersky offers an authoritative survey of the major political, economic, and social factors that powered the rise and fall of the Third Reich. His classic treatment provides an invaluable overview of a subject that retains its historical significance and contemporary importance.
Joseph W. Bendersky is professor of history at Virginia Commonwealth University.
The Enduring Importance of Nazism: An Introduction Part I: The Origins and Development of Nazism, 1919-1928 Chapter 1: Weimar Democracy in Crisis Chapter 2: The Rise of Hitler and Nazism Chapter 3: The Historical Roots of Nazi Ideology Chapter 4: Party Structure, Propaganda, and Followers during the "Early Years of Struggle" Part II: The Seizure and Consolidation of Power, 1929-1934 Chapter 5: Parliamentary Paralysis and the Nazi Breakthrough of 1930 Chapter 6: Hitler's Legal Path to Power Chapter 7: The Pseudolegal Revolution Part III: The Nazification of German Society, 1934-1938 Chapter 8: The Total State versus the Dual State and Polycracy Chapter 9: Political Biology, Culture, and Society Chapter 10: SS Terror, Anti-Semitism, and Resistance to Nazification Part IV: The Rise and Fall of the Nazi Empire in Europe, 1933-1945 Chapter 11: The Fuhrer as Statesman: Ideology and Foreign Policy Chapter 12: The Fuhrer as Warrior: Victory and Conquest Chapter 13: From Domination to Retreat Chapter 14: The Holocaust, Resistance, and Defeat Part V: The Struggle for Justice and Historical Memory Chapter 15: From Nuremberg to Vergangenheitsbewaltigung Chapter 16: The Intractable Nazi Legacy in Film: Propaganda and History Chronology