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The Second World War was the defining event of the twentieth century, leaving millions dead and redrawing the political map in ways that continue to affect nearly the entire human race. What was unprecedented, however, was not simply the war’s scale, but its causes. Unlike previous territorial or political clashes, the war launched by Nazi Germany was an ideological one, waged to wipe entire peoples and cultures from the face of the earth.

In Nazism and War, Richard Bessel, one of the preeminent authorities on the social and political history of modern Germany, demonstrates how racial hatred was the driving force behind–and not a by-product of–Nazism. War was the anvil on which Hitler’s worldview was forged; to him, war was “the most memorable period of my life,” and “all the past fell away into oblivion.” German National Socialism was born in war, emerging triumphant over a country deeply scarred by defeat and eager to reclaim its greatness and to punish those who had usurped it. As a political philosophy, Nazism glorified struggle and conflict, viewing them as the purpose of a nation and a measure of its overall condition. As a political movement and state system, Nazism made its ideology real, plunging the European continent into a war of annihilation and a sea of blood. Nazism–inseparable from war–destroyed the old Europe, and thus helped to create the world in which we live.

Incisive, authoritative, and immensely readable, this is an incendiary and forcefully argued work of scholarship that will rank with the most influential historical analyses of our time.

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Synopsis:

An incisive study of the Nazi regime and its war machine explores the impact of its ideology--racism, violence, and extreme nationalism resulting from Germany's defeat in World War I--on the course and conduct of World War II. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.

About the Author

RICHARD BESSEL is Professor of History at the University of York and a specialist on the social and political history of Nazi Germany. His previous books include Life in the Third Reich; Political Violence and the Rise of Nazism: The Storm Troopers in Eastern Germany, 1925—1934, and Germany After the First World War.

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Table of Contents

The aftermath of the first world war and the rise of Nazism — The Nazi regime and the path to war — Nazism and the second world war — The aftermath of the second world war.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307558527
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Subject:
History : Europe - Germany
Author:
Bessel, Richard
Author:
Richard Bessel
Subject:
History : Military - World War II
Subject:
Political Science : Political Ideologies - Fascism & Totalit
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
Europe - Germany
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Fascism & Totalitarianism
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Subject:
World History-Germany
Subject:
History : Holocaust
Subject:
Germany-Nazi Germany
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20061114
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
320

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Racism and Ethnic Conflict
History and Social Science » Military » World War II » General
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » World History » General
History and Social Science » World History » Germany » General
History and Social Science » World History » Holocaust

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"Synopsis" by , An incisive study of the Nazi regime and its war machine explores the impact of its ideology--racism, violence, and extreme nationalism resulting from Germany's defeat in World War I--on the course and conduct of World War II. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.
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