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Ip between memory and history Evans also points out the places where the growing need to confront the misdeeds of Nazism and expose the complicity of those who participated has led to crude and sweeping condemnation when instead historians should be making careful distinctions Written with Evans' sharp eyed insight and characteristically compelling style these essays offer a summation of the collective cultural memory of Nazism in the present and suggest the degree to which memory must be subjected to the close scrutiny of histor. In 2003 Richard Evans published the first book of his trilogy on the history of Third Reich 12 years later he is back with this book a historian s critical overview of recent works on the same history by leading specialists Ian Kershaw Christopher Browning Zara Steiner etc Points of view have sharpened evolved and been made clearer For example early histories of Nazism have tended to believe that the German public was not informed about the dark side of their government now historians realize that Nazi Germany as a political system was based on popular approval and consent Evans writes so convincingly about Ms Steiner s books that I ordered and read them and hefty books they are too as a follow up to this work In essence Nazism is now described in its international context and not as the solitary uirk of dark history it was usually made out to be Lila and Alex short story. X-Rated. recent works on the same history by leading specialists Ian Kershaw Christopher Browning Zara Steiner etc Points of view have sharpened evolved and been made clearer For example early histories of Nazism have tended to believe that the German public was not informed about the dark side of their government now historians Burning Attraction realize that Nazi Germany as a political system was based on popular approval and consent Evans writes so convincingly about Ms Steiner s books that I ordered and The Numbers Game read them and hefty books they are too as a follow up to this work In essence Nazism is now described in its international context and not as the solitary uirk of dark history it was usually made out to be

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The Third Reich in History and Memory

The seventy years since the demise of the Third Reich there has been a significant transformation in the ways in which the modern world understands Nazism In this brilliant and eye opening collection Richard J Evans the acclaimed author of the Third Reich trilogy offers a critical commentary on that transformation exploring how major changes in perspective have informed research and writing on the Third Reich in recent years Drawing on his most notable writings from the last two decades Evans reveals the shifting perspectives on. This appears to be a series of book reviews and articles that Evans contributed on the basis of voluminous research for his excellent trilogy on the Third Reich He starts the big tour in Germany s 19th Century colonies where Social Darwinism was already percolating under a genocidal mentality that responded to unrest and uprisings with a policy of total annihilation by methods that included deliberate starvation through the destruction of crops and villages and an apartheid regime with laws and regulations forbidding racial mixing and reducing the Africans to the status of poorly paid laborers Evans moves on to other seemingly but very interesting details of Nazi history Hitler for example had to put his capital city somewhere and his first choice was not the Berlin of Frederick the great that has been turned into a pigsty by the Jews his words I think Berlin is one of the great cities of the world and I like to think Evans would agree with me but Munich pure German a city from which such unhealthy influences had been thoroughly expunged Here we see another facet of Nazi perspective though one which Evans explores in detail while Slavs were viewed almost as beasts of burden to be worked to death the Jews were described as parasites and a deadly enemy of the German race It is not a long journey from this sort of dehumanization comparing a group of people to diseases vermin or weeds to euthanizing the handicapped and establishing assembly lines of death in places like Auschwitz and Babi Yar Evans argues that Hitler may have modeled his Lebensraum ideal on US history he saw Westward Ho expansion as a fine exemplar of rolling into a frontier killing the locals and farming the land in which you bury them In Hitler s application the Reich yelled Eastward Ho and moved to harness the oilfields of the Caucasus and the granaries of the Ukraine to its own use He asserts that Hitler s Germany never got its economic act together he is not kind to Albert Speer and that its greatest industrial contribution was the Volkswagen Beetle evidenced by the fact that the Strength Through Joy car is still driving around on the world s highways his chapter on which is one of the best in the book His segues into the Italian reverence for Mussolini Wannsee and city planning are also gems There is only one blight on this book his treatment of Tim Snyder s superb history of the aforementioned Eastward Ho events Bloodlands is really pretty vicious and in my opinion completely unwarranted What Snyder really wants to do is to tell us about the sufferings of the people who lived in the area he knows most about He bludgeons us with facts and figures about atrocities and mass murders the endless succession of short sentences hits us like a series of blows from a cudgel until brain death sets in This tangential rant on Snyder who by the way has just published a book on the Holocaust being a Poland historian of course makes Auschwitz and the Warsaw ghetto places he knows about is completely unnecessary and felt a bit to be honest like interrupting an otherwise perfect jog to take a rock out of your shoe He only gives us another 43 pages to forget this sharp stone though and as you can see I still feel like the run was spoiled I do think the book being the aforementioned collection of diverse articles hangs together well and that s a testament to how well Richard Evans conveys some very grim information to his audience Taken in aggregate I would recommend it

review The Third Reich in History and Memory

Nazism's rise to political power its economic intricacies and its subterranean extension into postwar Germany Evans considers how the Third Reich is increasingly viewed in a broader international context as part of the age of imperialism; discusses the growing emphasis on the larger economic and cultural circumstances of the era; and emphasizes the development of research into Nazi society particularly in the understanding of Nazi Germany as a political system based on popular approval and consent Exploring the complex relationsh. This book is a collection of essays many previously published as book reviews about the recent scholarship on the Third Reich by one of the subject s foremost experts Richard J Evans In short it is superb As I have pursued my study of this subject the historiography of the Third Reich has become as interesting as the history itself There are few scholars as capable of weighing in on where historians are directing their focus as Evans who has mastered the spate of scholarship on 20th century Germany His grasp of the primary sources and secondary literature shines through in these essays and he is rather unsparing of his criticism of work that in his view does not measure up As he should beSubjects as complex and important as relevant as the rise of Nazism the popularity of Hitler the Holocaust etc are often misunderstood and plagued by errors of interpretation Five stars for Evans whose prior trilogy on the Third Reich will remain unsurpassed for generations This collection of essays is illuminating and will lead to further reading because many of the reviewed books are still in printYou will come away with an understanding not only why the study of the Third Reich remains relevant 70 years after its short existence expired with the end of the Second World War but why getting it right is as important as ever


10 thoughts on “The Third Reich in History and Memory

  1. says:

    A multi facetted book offering some very critical perspectives on contemporary views and interpretations of Third Reich history It covers man

  2. says:

    Disclaimer I read a digital version via a Netgalley ARC but I pre ordered a copy around last Christmas when OUP was having a huge sa

  3. says:

    This appears to be a series of book reviews and articles that Evans contributed on the basis of voluminous research for his excellent trilogy on the Third Reich He starts the big tour in Germany’s 19th Century colonies where Social Darwinism was already percolating under “a genocidal mentality that responded to unrest and uprisings with a

  4. says:

    Very interesting insight into the Third Reich from an intentionalist point of view Because it's such a recent analysis 2015 it is great to look at it in relation to other historians Recommend

  5. says:

    This book is a collection of essays many previously published as book reviews about the recent scholarship on the Third Reich by one of the subject's foremost experts Richard J Evans In short it is superb As I have pursued my study of this subject the historiography of the Third Reich has become as interesting as the history itself There a

  6. says:

    Hey World I cannot just let this book go There is no room in your lives for smug moral superiority defending your country Holocaust museums are not enough but they focus too narrowly and ignore the millions of people who were intentionally murdered through starvation illness and cramped carriage in crowded railway cars The Colonialsts and triumphant Allies were as blood soaked as were the Germans I have some

  7. says:

    In 2003 Richard Evans published the first book of his trilogy on the history of Third Reich 12 years later he is back with this book a historian’s critical overview of recent works on the same history by leading specialists Ian Kershaw Christopher Browning Zara Steiner etc Points of view have sharpened evolved and been made clea

  8. says:

    The Third Reich in History and Memory is an interesting book There was a lot of information I had not known before I think this is a definite read for those who are into history and World War II history Five stars

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    3 stars HistoryW 313 U 217 T 348

  10. says:

    I thought this book was the author's thesis on how the Third Reich is viewed in the current collective memory It was not It was a collection of works published by the author probably as scholastic papers or book reviews I have to admit that this was clearly stated on the back cover of the book and it was my own oversightAs a result after the first couple of chapters I began asking myself what I was actually

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