A concise history of Nazi Germany by Joseph W. Bendersky

By Joseph W. Bendersky

This balanced background bargains a concise, readable advent to Nazi Germany. Combining compelling narrative storytelling with research, Joseph W. Bendersky bargains an authoritative survey of the most important political, financial, and social elements that powered the increase and fall of the 3rd Reich. Now in its fourth version, the e-book comprises major learn of contemporary years, research of the politics of reminiscence, postwar German controversies approximately international conflict II and the Nazi period, and extra on non-Jewish sufferers. Delving into the complexity of social lifestyles in the Nazi nation, it additionally reemphasizes the the most important position performed via racial ideology in picking out the guidelines and practices of the 3rd Reich. Bendersky paints a desirable photo of ways commonplace electorate negotiated their manner via either the threatening energy in the back of convinced Nazi regulations and the robust enticements to acquiesce or collaborate. His vintage therapy presents a useful evaluate of a subject matter that keeps its old importance and modern significance.

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The original intention of the party had been to win the workers away from the left by combining Nationalist and Socialist ideologies. Unlike Marxism, the National Socialist ideology did not present a threat to the private property of the middle classes. In fact, amid the socialistic components of the Party Program, there was a statement demanding the establishment and maintenance of a strong middle class. Nazis claimed to represent the interests of the “little man”—whether worker, farmer, or middle class—against more powerful economic forces.

Hitler himself was more concerned with the racial, nationalistic, and foreign policy goals of the ideology than he was with socialism. While he glorified the workers in his speeches, he retained the contempt for the lower classes he had acquired in Vienna; he later downplayed socialism in his efforts to gain votes from the middle classes and funds from wealthy capitalists. However, the left wing of the Nazi party, led by Gregor and Otto Strasser, considered nazism essentially a socialistic and anticapitalist movement.

From the beginning, however, it distinguished itself from conservatives and reactionaries by its social revolutionary ideas and commitment. As social revolutionaries, the Nazis would pose a serious challenge to the traditional elites, ideas, and institutions of the German right. This unique synthesis also created uncertainties among potential followers and ardent opponents about nazism’s true nature. For this reason, many would misinterpret and perilously underestimate nazism. The left misperceived and attacked the Nazis as part of conservative Germany.

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