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Hitler, the Germans, and the final solution [electronic resource] /
Ian Kershaw.
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Jerusalem : International Institute for Holocaust Research, Yad Vashem ; New Haven, [Conn.] : Yale University Press, c2008.
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vi, 394 p. ; 25 cm.
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9780300124279 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Jerusalem : International Institute for Holocaust Research, Yad Vashem ; New Haven, [Conn.] : Yale University Press, c2008.
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9780300124279 (cloth : alk. paper)
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8841610
 
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2008-06-15:
Seventy-five years have passed since Adolf Hitler took power in Germany, and popular interest in his life and times has not waned. Since 1933, at least 5000 books in English have been published on Hitler and Nazism. Among the thousands of authors involved, one must place Sir Ian Kershaw at or near the top. Over the past 25 years, Kershaw (modern history, Univ. of Sheffield, Hitler) has crafted one excellent book after another seeking to understand how Hitler and his minions were able to take political power in Germany, launch a highly destructive world war, and also murder six million Jews. Kershaw's two-volume biographical study of Hitler stands as the most definitive work to date, but he has published at least eight other books all treating different aspects of the Nazi experience in Germany. This volume brings together a number of Kershaw's most significant essays and book chapters and in so doing assists the busy reader in capturing in fewer than 400 pages the essence of Kershaw's interpretive brilliance. Kershaw provides an introduction and closing piece to newly frame these works with his summary estimation of the subject. For anyone interested in gleaning Kershaw's best insights into Hitler and the Third Reich in a single volume, this work is highly recommended.--Ed Goedeken, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 2008-12-01:
A career retrospective for one the most influential scholars to study Hitler and the Nazi era, these selections cover the topics in which Kershaw (Univ. of Sheffield) has made significant contributions; among them, the degree to which ordinary Germans knew about and endorsed genocide of the Jews. Evidence suggests widespread awareness, documented in detail and frequency of discussion within the general populace. Kershaw also sides with those who view the Third Reich as a weakly directed dictatorship, arguing that the slogan "working towards the Fuehrer" permitted Hitler to avoid serious bureaucratic decision making, especially in the prewar years. While local and enthusiastic expressions of anti-semitism along with exclusion of Jews certainly expressed this ideal, Kershaw asserts that extermination represented an outcome that few expected. Hitler remained essential to the program of mass murder. Despite initiatives from within SS leadership and compliance from many ordinary men, Kershaw endorses the notion of "no Hitler, no Holocaust." Indeed, the failure of both Hitler biographers Joachim Fest (Hitler, CH, Sep'74) and Alan Bullock (Hitler: A Study in Tyranny, 1952) to explore that connection impelled Kershaw to reexamine the evidence, leading to this definitive study. A solid introduction to several of the key debates and state of the field by one of its outstanding contributors. Summing Up: Essential. All levels/libraries. J. Kleiman University of Wisconsin Colleges
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�This valuable collection of Ian Kershaw�s seminal essays, spanning a quarter of a century of path-breaking scholarship on Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, will be required reading for students of the period. As Kershaw�s excellent Introduction indicates, these essays have both had a major impact on the historiography of their day, and indicate the evolution of historical interpretation, emphases, and understanding of what has come to be recognized as the most devastating event in modern history.��Omer Bartov, author of Erased: Vanishing Traces of Jewish Galicia in Present-Day Ukraine
"Over the past three decades, Ian Kershaw has been one of the most insightful and productive historians of Nazi Germany, contributing pioneering studies on public opinion and popular attitudes in the Third Reich as well as his monumental biography of Hitler. It is simply splendid that his many seminal articles are now available in one volume."-Christopher R. Browning, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill -- Christopher R. Browning
"This valuable collection of Ian Kershaw's seminal essays, spanning a quarter of a century of path-breaking scholarship on Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, will be required reading for students of the period. As Kershaw's excellent Introduction indicates, these essays have both had a major impact on the historiography of their day, and indicate the evolution of historical interpretation, emphases, and understanding of what has come to be recognized as the most devastating event in modern history."-Omer Bartov, author of Erased: Vanishing Traces of Jewish Galicia in Present-Day Ukraine
"This valuable collection of Ian Kershaw's seminal essays, spanning a quarter of a century of path-breaking scholarship on Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, will be required reading for students of the period. As Kershaw's excellent Introduction indicates, these essays have both had a major impact on the historiography of their day, and indicate the evolution of historical interpretation, emphases, and understanding of what has come to be recognized as the most devastating event in modern history."Omer Bartov, author ofErased: Vanishing Traces of Jewish Galicia in Present-Day Ukraine
"This valuable collection of Ian Kershaw's seminal essays, spanning a quarter of a century of path-breaking scholarship on Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, will be required reading for students of the period. As Kershaw's excellent Introduction indicates, these essays have both had a major impact on the historiography of their day, and indicate the evolution of historical interpretation, emphases, and understanding of what has come to be recognized as the most devastating event in modern history."Omer Bartov, author of Erased: Vanishing Traces of Jewish Galicia in Present-Day Ukraine
"In this superb collection of essays, Ian Kershaw again demonstrates his mastery in interpreting the history of Nazi Germany and Hitler''s policies regarding the Jews in particular. This is must reading."-Saul Friedlander, Professor of History, UCLA
"In this superb collection of essays, Ian Kershaw again demonstrates his mastery in interpreting the history of Nazi Germany and Hitler''s policies regarding the Jews in particular. This is must reading."�Saul Friedlander, Professor of History, UCLA
"In this superb collection of essays, Ian Kershaw again demonstrates his mastery in interpreting the history of Nazi Germany and Hitler''s policies regarding the Jews in particular. This is must reading."Saul Friedlander, Professor of History, UCLA
"[Kershaw] once again demonstrates how much can be revealed by a fresh perspective and approach to the ineradicable stain of Nazi Germany. . . . What emerges from these fascinating pages . . . is an infinitely more complex picture. . . . Masterly."-Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"[Kershaw] once again demonstrates how much can be revealed by a fresh perspective and approach to the ineradicable stain of Nazi Germany. . . . What emerges from these fascinating pages . . . is an infinitely more complex picture. . . . Masterly."�Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"[Kershaw] once again demonstrates how much can be revealed by a fresh perspective and approach to the ineradicable stain of Nazi Germany. . . . What emerges from these fascinating pages . . . is an infinitely more complex picture. . . . Masterly."Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Over the past three decades, Ian Kershaw has been one of the most insightful and productive historians of Nazi Germany, contributing pioneering studies on public opinion and popular attitudes in the Third Reich as well as his monumental biography of Hitler. It is simply splendid that his many seminal articles are now available in one volume."-Christopher R. Browning, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"Over the past three decades, Ian Kershaw has been one of the most insightful and productive historians of Nazi Germany, contributing pioneering studies on public opinion and popular attitudes in the Third Reich as well as his monumental biography of Hitler. It is simply splendid that his many seminal articles are now available in one volume."Christopher R. Browning, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"Hitler, the Germans, the Final Solution constitutes an invaluable tool to better understand the Third Reich. Both those who are historical novices in this period and those who are well immersed in it will benefit from Kershaw's insights on Nazi Germany in general and on Hitler and the Final Solution in particular. While most of these essays have appeared at different times and in different journals, having them all together between the covers of one volume enhances their importance and reaffirms Kershaw''s place as one of the stellar historians of the period."-Deborah E. Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies, Emory University -- Deborah E. Lipstadt
"In this superb collection of essays, Ian Kershaw again demonstrates his mastery in interpreting the history of Nazi Germany and Hitler''s policies regarding the Jews in particular. This is a must reading."-Saul Friedlander, Professor of History, UCLA
"In this superb collection of essays, Ian Kershaw again demonstrates his mastery in interpreting the history of Nazi Germany and Hitler''s policies regarding the Jews in particular. This is a must reading."Saul Friedlander, Professor of History, UCLA
A comprehensive view of the destructive force of the Nazi leadership and of the attitudes and behavior of Germans in the persecution of the Jews. . . . This is a precise and sensitive account of an aspect of the Holocaust." Booklist
A comprehensive view of the destructive force of the Nazi leadership and of the attitudes and behavior of Germans in the persecution of the Jews. . . . This is a precise and sensitive account of an aspect of the Holocaust."-Booklist
A comprehensive view of the destructive force of the Nazi leadership and of the attitudes and behavior of Germans in the persecution of the Jews. . . . This is a precise and sensitive account of an aspect of the Holocaust."�Booklist
"[A] wonderful volume. . . . This is a deeply insightful and well-written social history of the Nazi period, an excellent review of the scholarship of one of the greatest living historians of that era." Jewish Book World
"[A] wonderful volume. . . . This is a deeply insightful and well-written social history of the Nazi period, an excellent review of the scholarship of one of the greatest living historians of that era."-Jewish Book World
"[A] wonderful volume. . . . This is a deeply insightful and well-written social history of the Nazi period, an excellent review of the scholarship of one of the greatest living historians of that era."�Jewish Book World
"Following on the success of his bestselling biography of Hitler, Sir Ian Kershaw has assembled here, in a very accessible format, a collection of seminal essays that perfectly complements his two-volume study of the Nazi dictatorship, not least because it offers a most welcome guide through the maze of research on the origins and dynamics of the Holocaust and Hitler''s role in it."-V. R. Berghahn, Columbia University
"Following on the success of his bestselling biography of Hitler, Sir Ian Kershaw has assembled here, in a very accessible format, a collection of seminal essays that perfectly complements his two-volume study of the Nazi dictatorship, not least because it offers a most welcome guide through the maze of research on the origins and dynamics of the Holocaust and Hitler''s role in it."V. R. Berghahn, Columbia University
"Following on the success of his bestselling biography of Hitler, Sir Ian Kershaw has assembled here, in a very accessible format, a collection of seminal essays that perfectly complements his two-volume study of the Nazi dictatorship, not least because it offers a most welcome guide through the maze of research on the origins and dynamics of the Holocaust and Hitler''s role in it."�V. R. Berghahn, Columbia University
"Following on the success of his bestselling biography of Hitler, Sir Ian Kershaw has assembled here, in a very accessible format, a collection of seminal essays that perfectly complements his two-volume study of the Nazi dictatorship, not least because it offers a most welcome guide through the maze of research on the origins and dynamics of the Holocaust and Hitler''s role in it."-V. R. Berghahn, Columbia University -- V. R. Berghahn
"Hitler, the Germans, the Final Solution constitutes an invaluable tool to better understand the Third Reich. Both those who are historical novices in this period and those who are well immersed in it will benefit from Kershaw's insights on Nazi Germany in general and on Hitler and the Final Solution in particular. While most of these essays have appeared at different times and in different journals, having them all together between the covers of one volume enhances their importance and reaffirms Kershaw''s place as one of the stellar historians of the period."-Deborah E. Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies, Emory University
"Over the past three decades, Ian Kershaw has been one of the most insightful and productive historians of Nazi Germany, contributing pioneering studies on public opinion and popular attitudes in the Third Reich as well as his monumental biography of Hitler. It is simply splendid that his many seminal articles are now available in one volume."�Christopher R. Browning, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
""Hitler, the Germans, the Final Solution "constitutes an invaluable tool to better understand the Third Reich. Both those who are historical novices in this period and those who are well immersed in it will benefit from Kershaw's insights on Nazi Germany in general and on Hitler and the Final Solution in particular. While most of these essays have appeared at different times and in different journals, having them all together between the covers of one volume enhances their importance and reaffirms Kershaw''s place as one of the stellar historians of the period."--Deborah E. Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies, Emory University -- Deborah E. Lipstadt
0;This valuable collection of Ian Kershaw7;s seminal essays, spanning a quarter of a century of path-breaking scholarship on Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, will be required reading for students of the period. As Kershaw7;s excellent Introduction indicates, these essays have both had a major impact on the historiography of their day, and indicate the evolution of historical interpretation, emphases, and understanding of what has come to be recognized as the most devastating event in modern history.1;2;Omer Bartov, author of "Erased: Vanishing Traces of Jewish Galicia in Present-Day Ukraine" -- Omer Bartov
"Hitler, the Germans, the Final Solution constitutes an invaluable tool to better understand the Third Reich. Both those who are historical novices in this period and those who are well immersed in it will benefit from Kershaw's insights on Nazi Germany in general and on Hitler and the Final Solution in particular. While most of these essays have appeared at different times and in different journals, having them all together between the covers of one volume enhances their importance and reaffirms Kershaw''s place as one of the stellar historians of the period."Deborah E. Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies, Emory University
"Hitler, the Germans, the Final Solution constitutes an invaluable tool to better understand the Third Reich. Both those who are historical novices in this period and those who are well immersed in it will benefit from Kershaw�s insights on Nazi Germany in general and on Hitler and the Final Solution in particular. While most of these essays have appeared at different times and in different journals, having them all together between the covers of one volume enhances their importance and reaffirms Kershaw''s place as one of the stellar historians of the period."�Deborah E. Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies, Emory University
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Summaries
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This volume is the culmination of more than three decades of meticulous historiographic research on Nazi Germany and the Holocaust by one of the period's most distinguished historians.
Long Description
This book is the culmination of more than three decades of meticulous historiographic research on Nazi Germany by one of the period's most distinguished historians. The volume brings together the most important and influential aspects of Ian Kershaw's research on the Holocaust for the first time. The writings are arranged in three sections--Hitler and the Final Solution, popular opinion and the Jews in Nazi Germany, and the Final Solution in historiography--and Kershaw provides an introduction and a closing section on the uniqueness of Nazism. Kershaw was a founding historian of the social history of the Third Reich, and he has throughout his career conducted pioneering research on the societal causes and consequences of Nazi policy. His work has brought much to light concerning the ways in which the attitudes of the German populace shaped and did not shape Nazi policy. This volume presents a comprehensive, multifaceted picture both of the destructive dynamic of the Nazi leadership and of the attitudes and behavior of ordinary Germans as the persecution of the Jews spiraled into total genocide.
Main Description
This book is the culmination of more than three decades of meticulous historiographic research on Nazi Germany by one of the period's most distinguished historians. The volume brings together the most important and influential aspects of Ian Kershaw's research on the Holocaust for the first time. The writings are arranged in three sectionsHitler and the Final Solution, popular opinion and the Jews in Nazi Germany, and the Final Solution in historiographyand Kershaw provides an introduction and a closing section on the uniqueness of Nazism. Kershaw was a founding historian of the social history of the Third Reich, and he has throughout his career conducted pioneering research on the societal causes and consequences of Nazi policy. His work has brought much to light concerning the ways in which the attitudes of the German populace shaped and did not shape Nazi policy. This volume presents a comprehensive, multifaceted picture both of the destructive dynamic of the Nazi leadership and of the attitudes and behavior of ordinary Germans as the persecution of the Jews spiraled into total genocide.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
Hitler and the Final Solution
'Working towards the Fuhrer': Reflections on the Nature of the Hitler Dictatorshipp. 29
Ideologue and Propagandist: Hitler in Light of His Speeches, Writings and Orders, 1925-1928p. 49
Improvised Genocide? The Emergence of the 'Final Solution' in the 'Warthegau'p. 60
Hitler's Role in the 'Final Solution'p. 89
Popular Opinion and the Jews in Nazi Germany
The 'Everyday' and the 'Exceptional': The Shaping of Popular Opinion, 1933-1939p. 119
German Popular Opinion during the 'Final Solution': Information, Comprehension, Reactionsp. 139
Reactions to the Persecution of the Jewsp. 151
Popular Opinion and the Extermination of the Jewsp. 197
German Popular Opinion and the 'Jewish Question', 1939-1943: Some Further Reflectionsp. 210
The Final Solution in Historiography
Hitler and the Holocaustp. 237
'Normality' and Genocide: The Problem of 'Historicization'p. 282
Shifting Perspectives: Historiographical Trends in the Aftermath of Unificationp. 303
The Uniqueness of Nazism
Hitler and the Uniqueness of Nazismp. 343
War and Political Violence in Twentieth-Century Europep. 361
Acknowledgmentsp. 381
Indexp. 385
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