Modern history

The Coming of the Third Reich

The Coming of the Third Reich

There is no story in twentieth-century history more important to understand than Hitler’s rise to power and the collapse of civilization in Nazi Germany. With The Coming of the Third Reich, Richard Evans, one of the world’s most distinguished historians, has written the definitive account for our time. A masterful synthesis of a vast body of scholarly work integrated with important new research and interpretations, Evans’s history restores drama and contingency to the rise to power of Hitler and the Nazis, even as it shows how ready Germany was by the early 1930s for such a takeover to occur. The Coming of the Third Reich is a masterwork of the historian’s art and the book by which all others on the subject will be judged.

Preface

Part 1 - THE LEGACY OF THE PAST

GERMAN PECULIARITIES

GOSPELS OF HATE

THE SPIRIT OF 1914

DESCENT INTO CHAOS

Part 2 - THE FAILURE OF DEMOCRACY

THE WEAKNESSES OF WEIMAR

THE GREAT INFLATION

CULTURE WARS

THE FIT AND THE UNFIT

Part 3 - THE RISE OF NAZISM

BOHEMIAN REVOLUTIONARIES

THE BEER-HALL PUTSCH

REBUILDING THE MOVEMENT

THE ROOTS OF COMMITMENT

Part 4 - TOWARDS THE SEIZURE OF POWER

THE GREAT DEPRESSION

THE CRISIS OF DEMOCRACY

THE VICTORY OF VIOLENCE

FATEFUL DECISIONS

Part 5 - CREATING THE THIRD REICH

THE TERROR BEGINS

FIRE IN THE REICHSTAG

DEMOCRACY DESTROYED

BRINGING GERMANY INTO LINE

Part 6 - HITLER’S CULTURAL REVOLUTION

DISCORDANT NOTES

THE PURGE OF THE ARTS

‘AGAINST THE UN-GERMAN SPIRIT’

A ‘REVOLUTION OF DESTRUCTION’?

Notes

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