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Hitler's Germany: Origins, Interpretations, Legacies Paperback – September 21, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0415770217 ISBN-10: 0415770211 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (September 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415770211
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415770217
  • ASIN: 041537331X
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,205,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘The first edition of Hitler’s Germany was praised for its usefulness for students of Nazi Germany and for the general reader, and the second edition is equally so. Stackelberg writes in plain English and brilliantly summarises even the most complicated areas of the Nazi period and the most arcane historical debates. This is a first class work of synthesis …There is good reason for every school library to have a copy of this book and for every teacher of the history of the Weimar Republic and Nazi Germany to have one too. So as they say, rush out and buy it.’ – History Teaching Review

Praise for the first edition:

'This is an important new textbook on the Nazi period which is geared to intermediate and advanced undergraduates and will also interest general audiences ... This book is a real winner and deserves wide use.' – Bruce Campbell, German Studies Review 

'An excellent job ... provides a comprehensive and sophisticated analysis of the origins of National Socialism in Germany, Hitler's rise to power, and the nature of the Nazi regime after 1933 ... no small achievement.' – David Crew, University of Texas, Austin

About the Author

Roderick Stackelberg is Robert K. and Ann J. Powers Professor of the Humanities Emeritus at Gonzaga University. His publications include The Routledge Companion to Nazi Germany (2007) and with Sally A. Winkle, The Nazi Germany Sourcebook (2002).

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Roderick Stackelberg was born in Munich, Germany, in 1935 of an American mother and German father. The story of their meeting and marriage may be followed on his website

Rod came to the U.S. with his family in 1946. He attended high school in Connecticut, went to college at Harvard from 1952 to 1956, served in the U.S. army from 1958 to 1960, taught in Germany from 1962 to 1967, taught high school in Vermont from 1967 to 1969, and finally returned to graduate school in 1970, earning an MA at the University of Vermont in 1972 and a PhD in History at the University of Massachusetts in 1974.

He taught at San Diego State University, the University of Oregon, and the University of South Dakota before joining the faculty at Gonzaga University in 1978. In 1997 he was named Powers Professor of the Humanities. He retired in 2004 as Professor Emeritus.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 21, 2004
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Usually, we find it difficult to accept that evil exists for its own sake-that is, freed from any rational explanation. For this leaves us with a disturbing void and an abject fear of an incomprehensible, demonic unknown. Nazism was accepted, up until the end of the Cold War, too readily by most historians as such an absolute evil. To most, it just defied any reasonable explanation, all the more so since the virulent menace came straight from the heart of a supposedly enlightened, modern German culture. Here then is an excellent essay dispelling the confusion and powerfully demonstrating, with lucid historiography and dispassionate analysis, that even such an unprecedented evil indeed had its roots in very human dimensions. Roderick Stackelberg, the author, interestingly reflects foremost on the ideological ferment that gave rise to National Socialism, or `German' socialism, logically linking it back to the advent of the Enlightenment through the Great Depression, Versailles, the First World War and Bismarckian absolutism. The choice is wise, rendering postmodernist critique of the Enlightenment more intelligible and equipping us with a clear methodological approach to deciphering today's dominant social-political currents. A must-read!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Colin Fukai on April 23, 2000
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I had the extreme pleasure of taking Dr. Stackelberg's course at Gonzaga University in which he uses this book. What is in the course is in this book. Any person at all interested in studying Nazi Germany should start with this book. It clearly, concisely, and logically lays out the entire history of Hitler's Third Reich. Hitler's Germany was a joy to read, and I learned a great deal from it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Outside Looking In on May 25, 2011
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This is the book I was looking for when my attention turned to this dark era in history. Stackelberg, in explaining conservatism itself, helps to explain the thrust that was the coming of the Nazi regime and how so many went along with the flow. I am a beginner in this field of study and "Hitler's Germany" broadened my understanding a great deal. I could not recommend this book highly enough.
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