The Social History of the Third Reich

The Social History of the Third Reich


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Baker & Taylor
Examines all aspects of German life under Hitler, including the roles that economics and social class played in shaping German life during the Third Reich

Norton Pub
A balanced, thorough study of Germany during the Nazi years, by the celebrated author of The Nazi Question. Questions posed by Nazi Germany continue to haunt us today. Attempts to explain the behavior of ordinary Germans during those fateful years have failed to rise above the level of polemic, Daniel Goldhagen's controversial Hitler's Willing Executioners being a prime example. Now, Pierre Aycoberry, author of the highly praised The Nazi Question, combines an extraordinary mastery of German history with original research to give us a uniquely balanced account of all aspects of German life under Hitler. Aycoberry uncovers the struggles of individuals and social and professional groups who stood up to the pressure of the Nazi Party, often paying a high price, and the attempts of others--mainly upper and middle class professionals--to salvage or improve their positions by casting their lot with the Fuhrer. He also shows the devastation wrought on the once-vibrant German labor movement, leaving workers to choose between hopeless defiance or complicity and nationalism. In this complex answer to the easy judgments passed by many, Pierre Aycoberry paints a rich portrait of a society at once victim and accomplice to one of the greatest crimes of all time.

Book News
Examines the social spectrum in German society, from the elites to the middle class and workers, in which the Nazi party was never a separate element but an inextricable part of the social reality during the 1930s and 1940s. Looks at issues of anti-Semitism and race, and pays close attention to the role of economics and class in shaping the Germany of the Third Reich. First published in 1998 by Editiones du Seuil as La sociTtT allemande sous le III Reich, 1933-1945 . Lacks a subject index. The author is emeritus professor of contemporary history at the University of Human Sciences, France. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : New Press : Distributed by W.W. Norton, 2000
ISBN: 9781565845497
Branch Call Number: 943.086 AYC
Characteristics: 380 p. ; 22 cm


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