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Art As Politics in the Third Reich Revised ed. Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0807848098
ISBN-10: 0807848093
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Editorial Reviews

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This is a thoroughly researched and extremely useful work.

"Contemporary Sociology"

This work is a commendable embodiment of years of diligent research.

"German Studies Review"

An excellent source of information about art theft and destruction by the self-styled cultural elite of Nazi Germany.

"American Historical Review"

A masterpiece of TrealU historiography based on extensive research in primary sources concerning National Socialist Art policy throughout the globe.

"Contemporary Austrian Studies"

"A must in the library of anyone who writes, thinks, wonders and puzzles about the years between 1933 and 1945.

"Trans-Atlantic Dialogue: Newsletter of the American Council on Germany""

A masterpiece of real historiography based on extensive research in primary sources concerning National Socialist Art policy throughout the globe.

"Contemporary Austrian Studies"

A must in the library of anyone who writes, thinks, wonders and puzzles about the years between 1933 and 1945.

"Trans-Atlantic Dialogue: Newsletter of the American Council on Germany"

A masterpiece of areala[ historiography based on extensive research in primary sources concerning National Socialist Art policy throughout the globe.

"Contemporary Austrian Studies"

A masterpiece of _real_ historiography based on extensive research in primary sources concerning National Socialist Art policy throughout the globe.

"Contemporary Austrian Studies"

A masterpiece of "real historiography based on extensive research in primary sources concerning National Socialist Art policy throughout the globe.

"Contemporary Austrian Studies"

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This is a first-rate contribution to the historiography of the Third Reich. Well researched and rich in information on the role played by the visual arts in the competition among certain leaders, it enhances substantially our understanding of Nazi cultural policies.--Vernon L. Lidtke, Johns Hopkins University



Jonathan Petropoulos has made a significant contribution to our understanding of the cultural history of the Third Reich. . . . This work is a commendable embodiment of years of diligent research and will become a standard work on the history of the Third Reich.--German Studies Review



An excellent source of information about art theft and destruction by the self-styled cultural elite of Nazi Germany.--American Historical Review



The author's analysis of the plundering of art is a worthwhile addition to the literature on art in Germany between 1933 and 1945, and to the history of the Third Reich itself.--Central European History



This is a thoroughly researched and extremely useful work. . . . Indispensable for understanding the importance that the [Nazi] leadership attached to being cultured and the interpersonal relationships among the leaders.--Contemporary Sociology



A masterpiece of 'real' historiography based on extensive research in primary sources concerning National Socialist Art policy throughout the globe.--Contemporary Austrian Studies



Almost as soon as the Nazis seized control, they recognized that those who had the power to censor the arts . . . could control the government. An explanation of how this well-organized system worked is the strongest contribution of Art as Politics in the Third Reich.--Chicago Tribune



[A] fascinating, meticulously researched, and profusely illustrated book. . . . Petropoulos provides dramatic narrative as well as perceptive analysis. . . . Petropoulos has assembled a bounty of evidence which clearly demonstrates that the Nazi leadership was much more obsessed with art than we have imagined--not out of aesthetic appreciation, but rather hunger for prestige and material greed.--Canadian Journal of History



This book is a must in the library of anyone who writes, thinks, wonders and puzzles about the years between 1933 and 1945, when one man's anger terrorized the whole world.--Trans-Atlantic Dialogue: Newsletter of the American Council on Germany



Using a variety of archival sources, Petropoulos convinces the reader that art was employed as a means of displaying power in the widest political sense. Dividing his account in two sections--administering art and collecting art--Petropoulos demonstrates the interconnectedness of the two enterprises and reminds the reader that for the Nazis, art was politics, and politics a high art.--Choice

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; Revised ed. edition (February 22, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807848093
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807848098
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,442,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As the author notes, this work began as a doctoral dissertion at Harvard, and that quality of research is apparent on virtually every page. It fairly bristles with little-known facts, including quite a few significant details found nowhere else in the growing body of literature on the Nazi looting machine. In its field, "Art as Politics in the Third Reich" is the greatest eye-opener since Lynn Nicholas produced the first of them, her masterful "The Rape of Europa." Though not as stylishly written as hers, it's very readable and extremely well-organized.
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