- Hardcover: 656 pages
- Publisher: Allen Lane; 1st Edition edition (30 Oct. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 071399648X
- ISBN-13: 978-0713996487
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 4.1 x 24.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 482,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Richard J. Evans's "The Coming of the Third Reich"...gives the clearest and most gripping account I've read of German life before aznd during the rise of the Nazis."--A. S Byatt, in the "Times Literary Supplement""Richard J. Evans's "The Coming of the Third Reich" is an enormous work of synthesis--knowledgable and reliable..."--Mark Mazower in the "New York Times Book Review""[A] first-rate narrative history that informs and educates and may inspire readers to delve even deeper into the subject."--"Booklist"."..Brilliant..."-"Washington Post""The generalist reader, it should be emphasized, is well served. ...The book reads briskly, covers all important areas--social and cultural--and succeeds in its aim of giving "voice to the people who lived through the years with which it deals."--"Denver Post ""One finally puts down this magnificent volume thirsty, on the one hand, for the next installment in the Nazi saga yet still haunted by the questions Evan poses and so masterfully grapples with."―Abraham Brumberg, "The Nation""This first part of what will be Evans' three-volume history of Hitler's regime is the most comprehensive and convincing work so far on the gall of Weimar and Hitler's rise to power."―"Foreign Affairs" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
RICHARD J EVANS is Professor of Modern History at Cambridge University. His previous books include IN DEFENCE OF HISTORY and TELLING LIES ABOUT HITLER. He lives outside Cambridge.
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Evans does a great job of outlining the various political parties and the antagonisms that developed after WWI. He notes the ideological origins of the Nazis in the German Nationalist Party, which refused to let go of its venerated image of Bismarck. Evans strips the veneer off this image to show how badly the Nationalists, and later Hiter, interpreted Bismarck. He gives a lot of attention to the Center and Social Democratic Parties which formed the consensus in the Reichstag, and illustrates the rise of the Communist Party, which became the whipping post of Nationalists and Nazis as the threat of Soviet expansion grew.
Evans gives special attention to the plight of the Jews, but notes that Germany would have been the last place one would have expected such a virulent form of anti-Semitism to emerge. Jews were for the most part integrated in German life prior to WWI, and continued to enjoy a relatively unfettered life through most of the Weimar period. But, the rise of the Nazi party in the rural regions would cast the Jew in an increasingly unfavorable light.Read more ›
In a very well-written, page-turning, style, it sets out in a very comprehensive and fair way how the Nazis came to power. This is a fascinating era for all but even more so for my generation (like the author, I was born in 1947). How and why did it happen? Standard descriptions of the period are common but I got many extra insights some years ago when reading a History of Germany since 1789 by Olaf Mann. While no history is inevitable there are features from way before (e.g. the fact the Germany was not united till 1871 and that Parliament did not appoint the Government in the pre-1914 era) which help understand what happened later.
This book takes a similar approach and I have never got a better feeling for what life was like for the ordinary citizen in the turbulent era of the Weimar Republic. It is also very difficult to argue with any of the conclusions in the excellent final chapter giving an overall assessment.
While I know from reading much history that it is entirely correct to say that the Versailles Treaty was rejected right across the political spectrum in Germany, I was a little surprised that there was no reference to the Locarno Treaties of the mid-1920s. Maybe this was for space reasons or as not considered particularly relevant to the rise of the Nazis.
I am really looking forward to seeing the second volume of this as the author has set a high standard.
Also, while I am reasonably familiar with the German language, the approach adopted in this book of translating everything back to English, was spot-on, and should be followed by others.
Your view of this period in German history is unlikely to reamin the same after reading this book. Excellent.
He examines in depth the background and foundations of Nazism and the Third Reich and explains how one of the most forward looking European states became a racist dictatorship.
This volume is the first of three dealing with the vartious periods of the Third Reich and I would recommend this volume to both the informed and lay reader.
Evans does not see the ultimate success of the Nazi Party as inevitable nor unavoidable, but he does see the chances of the Weimar Republic prospering as slim indeed. He stresses that the Republic was born of a shotgun marriage of defeat and democratic ideals that lacked legitimacy with swathes of the disorientated population. It was viewed as foreign, as thoroughly un-German. Assailed from the start by right and left wings, abandoned by an hostile army, civil service and judiciary, the Republic was pulverized by the hyper-inflationary crisis of 1923 and destroyed by the Great Depression of the early 1930s. The long arm of Wall Street delivered a knock out punch to a badly mauled polity.
The central theme of Evans' argument is the fundamental rejection of democracy across the political spectrum.Read more ›
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In my kindle edition the graphics have been botched so I wouldn't recommend buying the kindle edition until it is repaired.Published 3 months ago by noel david francis danaher
A very good read providing an excellent and straightforward account of the coming of the Nazis to power and so clearly set outPublished 11 months ago by robbush
A marvellous fluent account of the collapse of Weimar Germany and the rise of the Nazis, based on meticulous research but written up as a lucid analysis. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Qaestor
The Coming of the Third Reich is the first instalment in Pr Evans's trilogy on the subject, the second being on the 1930s Reich and the third on the Reich in WWII. Read morePublished 14 months ago by reader 451
A tatty piece of journalism rather than a history. The same hyperbole and cliches we've grown to expect in this subject area much more useful works do exist with regard to... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Bardamu
Shows how easy it is for any politician to gain the highest position in the country and then completely take over that country's essence and existence.Published 17 months ago by fatmanbat46
Richard Evans was the star defence witness during David Irving's disastrous 'Holocaust denial' libel in 2001. Read morePublished 19 months ago by A. Callow