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"Hitler, the Germans, the Final Solution constitutes an invaluable tool to better understand the Third Reich. Both those who are historical novices in this period and those who are well immersed in it will benefit from Kershaw’s insights on Nazi Germany in general and on Hitler and the Final Solution in particular. While most of these essays have appeared at different times and in different journals, having them all together between the covers of one volume enhances their importance and reaffirms Kershaw's place as one of the stellar historians of the period."—Deborah E. Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies, Emory University
(Deborah E. Lipstadt)

"Following on the success of his bestselling biography of Hitler, Sir Ian Kershaw has assembled here, in a very accessible format, a collection of seminal essays that perfectly complements his two-volume study of the Nazi dictatorship, not least because it offers a most welcome guide through the maze of research on the origins and dynamics of the Holocaust and Hitler's role in it."—V. R. Berghahn, Columbia University
(V. R. Berghahn)

"In this superb collection of essays, Ian Kershaw again demonstrates his mastery in interpreting the history of Nazi Germany and Hitler's policies regarding the Jews in particular. This is must reading."—Saul Friedlander, Professor of History, UCLA

(Saul Friedlander)

“This valuable collection of Ian Kershaw’s seminal essays, spanning a quarter of a century of path-breaking scholarship on Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, will be required reading for students of the period. As Kershaw’s excellent Introduction indicates, these essays have both had a major impact on the historiography of their day, and indicate the evolution of historical interpretation, emphases, and understanding of what has come to be recognized as the most devastating event in modern history.”—Omer Bartov, author of Erased: Vanishing Traces of Jewish Galicia in Present-Day Ukraine
(Omer Bartov)

"Over the past three decades, Ian Kershaw has been one of the most insightful and productive historians of Nazi Germany, contributing pioneering studies on public opinion and popular attitudes in the Third Reich as well as his monumental biography of Hitler. It is simply splendid that his many seminal articles are now available in one volume."—Christopher R. Browning, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
(Christopher R. Browning)

A comprehensive view of the destructive force of the Nazi leadership and of the attitudes and behavior of Germans in the persecution of the Jews. . . . This is a precise and sensitive account of an aspect of the Holocaust."—Booklist
(Booklist)

"[Kershaw] once again demonstrates how much can be revealed by a fresh perspective and approach to the ineradicable stain of Nazi Germany. . . . What emerges from these fascinating pages . . . is an infinitely more complex picture. . . . Masterly."—Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
(Desmond Ryan Philadelphia Inquirer 2008-07-27)

"[A] wonderful volume. . . . This is a deeply insightful and well-written social history of the Nazi period, an excellent review of the scholarship of one of the greatest living historians of that era."—Jewish Book World
(Jewish Book World 2009-03-01)

About the Author

Ian Kershaw is a highly acclaimed historian and professor of modern history at the University of Sheffield. He is well known for his writings on Nazi Germany, especially his definitive two-volume biography of Adolf Hitler, Hitler, 1889–1936: Hubris and Hitler, 1936–1945: Nemesis. He lives in Manchester, GB.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; 1 edition (June 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300124279
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300124279
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #891,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Ronald H. Clark VINE VOICE on October 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
As this book attests, Ian Kershaw had become one of the leading commentators on Nazi Germany even before writing his masterful two-volume biography of Hitler in 2000 & 2001. This book consists of 14 essays written largely during the late 1980's and the 1990's, but also three during the 2000's as well. Such a collection can present problems--for example are they still fresh and current in analysis? These essays meet that standard, since they reflect superb analysis which stands up as well today as when written, perhaps even more so since a number Kershaw's predictions have turned out to be correct. Another problem with article collections is whether there are central themes and too much repetition. Kershaw has solved this problem by including a helpful essay written for the book as an introduction which divides the articles into several major categories and discusses recent developments in each that have occurred since the essays were published.

Kershaw is interested in several major foci of analysis. First, public opinion studies, largely done in Bavaria, as to how typical Germans reacted to persecution of the Jews, the removal and relocation, and the "final solution." What is interesting here are his finding of how little interest typical Germans had in these topics, what Kershaw categorizes as "passive complicity" and "lethal indifference." His suggested explanation for this phenomenon is quite interesting. A second major theme is how the "final solution" came about and Hitler's role in it.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By N. Perz on May 15, 2009
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HtGatFS is a collection of penetrating and authoritative essays by a well-respected historian on the subject. This is not for a casual reader; this is heavy, analytical material. (This is not a criticism. I'm just saying...)

Obviously, anything touching on this subject has the potential for controversy but Kershaw's handling is masterful. Keep in mind, however, that this is a series of essays and not a general or comprhensive history of either the Final Solution or the Third Reich.

If you are already versed in the subject, then this book is highly recommended. If not, and you're looking for a more general narrative-type of history, then look elsewhere.

Recommended.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By lordhoot on February 18, 2009
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I just wish to add my little two cent worth in writing that I do support Mr. Ronald Clark's review. I thought his review was well written and he touches on the all the important elements that this book brings out. Only thing he didn't explain very clearly is Kershaw's "Charismatic leadership" theory that explained how political command control within the Third Reich is done. This "Charismatic leadership" was one of the central themes of Kershaw's two-volume (now one) biography of Adolf Hitler. I think this is pretty important since it shows that Hitleran dictatorship is quite unlike other type of dictatorships we have known in history. But overall, Mr. Clark's review should give any future reader a good understanding of what to expect from this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Franco on March 12, 2014
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A very well writen review of the final days of the third reich (from the failed assesination attempt to the final fall). Ian Kershaw reviews the most turbulent and violent period of the Third Reich and provides a detailed insight of the complex forces that enable the German state to continue the war longer than anyone could reasonably expect. As every Kershaw book it is extremely well documented.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Newhouse on June 23, 2013
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Unfailingly interesting and solid essays on the profound question that has troubled and will always trouble historians of World War II period in Europe, namely how could Germany have succumbed to the evil enchantment of Hitler and the Nazis? And, could it happen here? Highly recommended.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Hottamolly on September 13, 2010
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This is a collection of essays by Kershaw, a superb historian. Somehow I don;t think they all hang together and the title is a bit misleading, in that it implies that they would.
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A comprehensive description of how it could happen to the Jewish people in Europe during WW2 and a lesson and warning for them how to prevent it in the future.
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