Friday, June 18, 2010

The Third Reich

by D. G. Williamson, 170 pages

Very brief overview, but does a reasonable job introducing the main aspects of the Nazi regime, the main structures to look at and the major historical debates. Achieves a bit of extra milleage from crisp prose, but by the brevity and the structure it’s limited to a supplemental role, even for an undergrad class it would be a poor choice to make this work the only book on Nazi Germany. Considered as part of a wider curriculum, though, it can be useful. Also has a range of short primary quotes that provide flavor and a little nuance at looking at different levels of society.

Better than: Storm of Steel by Ernst Junger
Worse than: Women in Nazi Germany by Jill Stephenson

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