This volume is the first in a series of four and contains 136 documents in English translation, a mixture including political party documents, newspaper articles, letters, diaries and memoirs. The documents cover the period from the founding of the Nazi Party in 1919 up to the immediate aftermath of the Night of the Long Knives on June 30, 1934 and the purge of the S.A.
There are four main chapters; one, from the founding of the Nazi Party to the Beer Hall Putsch in November 1923; two, the creation of a nationwide party organization from 1924 to 1928 inclusive; three, the emergence of Nazism as a mass movement from 1928 to 1933 inclusive and four, the struggle for and seizure of power covering the period from 1930 to 1933-34.
The document texts are linked by a succinct, detailed and very readable commentary text and preceded by an introductory chapter on the ideological roots of Nazism and the radical right-wing völkisch movement in Germany.
All references to the sources of documents quoted are listed at the back of the volume, enabling readers who so wish to investigate further.
The author achieves a very well-balanced collection of documents.
This document collection should enable readers to build on solid evidence a strong foundation for understanding the history of Germany and the Nazis from 1919 to 1934. This book and the rest of the series is an excellent accompaniment for any study of this subject and it is very well worth using.