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 e-book accommodates major study of modern years, research of the politics of reminiscence, postwar German controversies approximately international struggle II and the Nazi period, and extra on non-Jewish sufferers. Delving into the complexity of social existence in the Nazi kingdom, it additionally reemphasizes the the most important position performed by means of racial ideology in selecting the rules and practices of the 3rd Reich. Bendersky paints a desirable photo of ways usual voters negotiated their means via either the threatening energy in the back of definite Nazi rules and the robust enticements to acquiesce or collaborate. His vintage remedy presents a useful assessment of a subject matter that keeps its ancient importance and modern significance.
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Additional info for A concise history of Nazi Germany
Nazism created a distinctive synthesis of the formerly opposing ideological forces of nationalism and socialism. It was not a reactionary movement, attempting to return Germany to some previous political and social order. Quite the contrary, this novel historical force of nazism was very much a forwardlooking and -thrusting movement. It shared the fervent nationalism of the right. From the beginning, however, it distinguished itself from conservatives and reactionaries by its social revolutionary ideas and commitment.
Alois’s third wife, Klara Pölzl, was his second cousin and twenty-three years younger than Alois. When Klara gave birth to Adolf, Alois was already over fifty years old. In 1895 the family moved to Linz, where Alois soon retired. In Linz, the Hitlers had a comfortable lower-middle-class existence. There young Adolf certainly had opportunities that could have led to a good career and most likely to middle-class economic and social status. After Alois died, his pension was sufficient to provide for the needs of the family and for Adolf ’s education.
His years of association with the lower classes gave him insight into their needs, fears, weaknesses, and political reactions. He came to know their basic instincts and learned from others how to manipulate these. In this regard, one of his greatest teachers was Karl Lueger, a man for whom Hitler had immense admiration. Hitler saw that Lueger’s success was due to his broad-based mass movement that appealed to members of various classes, whereas other parties usually represented the interests of one particular class or group.