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By Joseph W. Bendersky

This balanced heritage bargains a concise, readable advent to Nazi Germany. Combining compelling narrative storytelling with research, Joseph W. Bendersky deals an authoritative survey of the key political, monetary, and social components that powered the increase and fall of the 3rd Reich. Now in its fourth version, the booklet accommodates major learn of modern years, research of the politics of reminiscence, postwar German controversies approximately global conflict II and the Nazi period, and extra on non-Jewish sufferers. Delving into the complexity of social existence in the Nazi country, it additionally reemphasizes the an important function performed by means of racial ideology in settling on the rules and practices of the 3rd Reich. Bendersky paints a desirable photograph of the way standard electorate negotiated their means via either the threatening strength in the back of yes Nazi regulations and the robust enticements to acquiesce or collaborate. His vintage therapy presents a useful review of an issue that keeps its ancient value and modern significance.

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When these crucial factors were removed, Germany would again lapse into political and economic turmoil. Weimar parties would revert to their habitual squabbling, confidence in the republic would quickly disappear, and political radicalization would return. To a large extent, the early 1930s in Germany would be reminiscent of the first years of the republic. Only this time, a well-organized and dynamic Nazi party would be waiting to exploit the situation. indb 15 5/13/13 9:02 AM 2 C H A P TER TER The Rise of Hitler and Nazism D espite all of Weimar’s problems, the Nazi triumph was not inevitable.

Indb 22 5/13/13 9:02 AM The Rise of Hitler and Nazism / 23 more powerful state of Germany, for there he saw the strength and vitality he knew were necessary in the struggle for survival. Nation and race were synonymous for Hitler, and the determining factor was the biological makeup of a people, not state boundaries or citizenship. Austria and Germany must be brought together into a natural racial unit. In Vienna, Hitler learned more than the ideologies of racism and German nationalism. The streets and political arenas of the capital provided him with an understanding of political behavior and tactics.

Many German intellectuals justified the war as a struggle of superior German culture against the decadent cultures of the Western powers. The idea of German cultural superiority and uniqueness fit in perfectly with the völkisch ideology. In the years preceding the war, there was a partial convergence of the nationalist and völkisch movements. Several leaders of the Pan-German League, a small but influential radical nationalist organization, adopted völkisch racist and anti-Semitic views, and völkisch groups began to support the expansionist and aggressive political goals of the Pan-Germans.

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