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Kershaw, Ian

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Hitler by Ian Kershaw( Book )

218 editions published between 1991 and 2016 in 18 languages and held by 4,687 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Hailed as the most compelling biography of the German dictator yet written, Ian Kershaw's Hitler brings us closer than ever before to the heart of its subject's immense darkness. From his illegitimate birth in a small Austrian village to his fiery death in a bunker under the Reich chancellery in Berlin, Adolf Hitler left a murky trail, strewn with contradictory tales and overgrown with self-created myths. One truth prevails: the sheer scale of the evils that he unleashed on the world has made him a demonic figure without equal in this century. Ian Kershaw's Hitler brings us closer than ever before to the character of the bizarre misfit in his thirty-year ascent from a Viennese shelter for the indigent to uncontested rule over the German nation that had tried and rejected democracy in the crippling aftermath of World War I. With extraordinary vividness, Kershaw recreates the settings that made Hitler's rise possible: the virulent anti-Semitism of prewar Vienna, the crucible of a war with immense casualties, the toxic nationalism that gripped Bavaria in the 1920s, the undermining of the Weimar Republic by extremists of the Right and the Left, the hysteria that accompanied Hitler's seizure of power in 1933 and then mounted in brutal attacks by his storm troopers on Jews and others condemned as enemies of the Aryan race. In an account drawing on many previously untapped sources, Hitler metamorphoses from an obscure fantasist, a 'drummer' sounding an insistent beat of hatred in Munich beer halls, to the instigator of an infamous failed putsch and, ultimately, to the leadership of a ragtag alliance of right-wing parties fused into a movement that enthralled the German people. This volume, the first of two, ends with the promulgation of the infamous Nuremberg laws that pushed German Jews to the outer fringes of society, and with the march of the German army into the Rhineland, Hitler's initial move toward the abyss of war"--Amazon.com
Hitler, the Germans, and the final solution by Ian Kershaw( Book )

29 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and Hebrew and held by 2,860 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume presents a comprehensive, multifaceted picture both of the destructive dynamic of the Nazi leadership and of the attitudes and behavior of ordinary Germans as the persecution of the Jews spiraled into total genocide
The Nazi dictatorship : problems and perspectives of interpretation by Ian Kershaw( Book )

88 editions published between 1985 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 2,300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"As an exploration of the interpretational issues that eddy around the Third Reich, Ian Kershaw's Nazi Dictatorship has become a classic account. But if its core remains unchanged, its contents must necessarily reflect both new public controversies and the onrush of fresh research. In the forth edition there are many changes of detail to accommodate this need and substantial rewritings of two chapters. No subject among those dealt with in earlier editions has been the subject of such intensive research - and bringing such rapidly changing interpretations - as 'Hitler and the Jews' and, accordingly, that chapter has been considerably changed. The book's final chapter has also undergone significant revision, to take account of the 'Goldhagen phenomenon', and also to glance back over the changing trends of research on the Third Reich as, with the passing of the generations, Hitler and his regime themselves pass into history."--Jacket
Hitler, 1936-45 : nemesis by Ian Kershaw( Book )

12 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 2,094 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Drawing on many previously unutilized sources, Kershaw describes the Draconian measures taken by Hitler's henchmen -- Himmler, Goebbels, Goring, Bormann, and others -- to tighten the Nazi grip on the home front without significant resistance from the German people. In the Fuhrer's name, Gestapo and SS leaders orchestrate and carry out the persecutions that lead to the death camps of the Holocaust." "After the D-Day invasion and a steady stream of defeats on the Eastern Front, Hitler is virtually alone in insisting that victory is still possible. When Hitler asserts that his survival after an assassination attempt by German officers on July 20, 1944, "is a sign of Providence that I must continue my work," Kershaw depicts a beleaguered fanatic prepared to leave his country in ruins. Ten months later, while his shattered forces desperately attempt to stave off the Russian onslaught on Berlin, Hitler spends his final days, chillingly documented here, in a bunker under the city until he ends his life with a pistol shot to his head." "Throughout this masterful account, Kershaw never loses sight of the German people and their massive support for Hitler and the Nazi regime. "Decades would not fully erase," he observes, "the simple but compelling sentiment painted in huge letters" in Munich shortly after the surrender to the Allies: "I am ashamed to be a German." Book jacket."--Jacket
Fateful choices : ten decisions that changed the world, 1940-1941 by Ian Kershaw( Book )

27 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and held by 1,966 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reviews ten decisions made by six major leaders between May 1940 and December 1941 that reshaped human destiny, from Churchill's war cabinet's choice to continue fighting after the German blitzkrieg defeat of France to Hitler's attack on the Soviet Union
The end : the defiance and destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1944-1945 by Ian Kershaw( Book )

10 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 1,726 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From the preeminent Hitler biographer, a fascinating and original exploration of how the Third Reich was willing and able to fight to the bitter end of World War II. Countless books have been written about why Nazi Germany lost World War II, yet remarkably little attention has been paid to the equally vital question of how and why it was able to hold out as long as it did. The Third Reich did not surrender until Germany had been left in ruins and almost completely occupied. Even in the near-apocalyptic final months, when the war was plainly lost, the Nazis refused to sue for peace. Historically, this is extremely rare. Drawing on original testimony from ordinary Germans and arch-Nazis alike, award-winning historian Ian Kershaw explores this fascinating question in a gripping and focused narrative that begins with the failed bomb plot in July 1944 and ends with the German capitulation in May 1945. Hitler, desperate to avoid a repeat of the "disgraceful" German surrender in 1918, was of course critical to the Third Reich's fanatical determination, but his power was sustained only because those below him were unable, or unwilling, to challenge it. Even as the military situation grew increasingly hopeless, Wehrmacht generals fought on, their orders largely obeyed, and the regime continued its ruthless persecution of Jews, prisoners, and foreign workers. Beneath the hail of allied bombing, German society maintained some semblance of normalcy in the very last months of the war. The Berlin Philharmonic even performed on April 12, 1945, less than three weeks before Hitler's suicide. As Kershaw shows, the structure of Hitler's "charismatic rule" created a powerful negative bond between him and the Nazi leadership- they had no future without him, and so their fates were inextricably tied. Terror also helped the Third Reich maintain its grip on power as the regime began to wage war not only on its ideologically defined enemies but also on the German people themselves. Yet even as each month brought fresh horrors for civilians, popular support for the regime remained linked to a patriotic support of Germany and a terrible fear of the enemy closing in. Based on prodigious new research, Kershaw's The End is a harrowing yet enthralling portrait of the Third Reich in its last desperate gasps."--
To hell and back : Europe, 1914-1949 by Ian Kershaw( Book )

25 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 1,530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Penguin History of Europe series reaches the twentieth century with ... Ian Kershaw's long-anticipated analysis of the pivotal years of World War I and World War II. The European catastrophe, the long continuous period from 1914 to 1949, was unprecedented in human history-- an extraordinarily dramatic, often traumatic, and endlessly fascinating period of upheaval and transformation. This new volume in the ... series offers comprehensive coverage of this tumultuous era. Beginning with the outbreak of World War I through the rise of Hitler and the aftermath of the Second World War, [the author] profiles the key decision makers and the violent shocks of war as they affected the entire European continent and radically altered the course of European history. Kershaw identifies four major causes for this catastrophe: an explosion of ethnic-racist nationalism, bitter and irreconcilable demands for territorial revisionism, acute class conflict given concrete focus through the Bolshevik Revolution, and a protracted crisis of capitalism. [This book] offers [a] study of a period in European history whose effects are still being felt today"--Amazon.com
The "Hitler myth" : image and reality in the Third Reich by Ian Kershaw( Book )

31 editions published between 1987 and 2001 in English and held by 1,353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kershaw examines how the deification of 'the Fuhrer' and the Nazi's propaganda machine effectively solidified the Third Reich's hold on German culture from the 1920's to 1945
Hitler, 1889-1936 : hubris by Ian Kershaw( Book )

14 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in English and French and held by 1,317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This first book of a two-volume account of Hitler's domination of the German people brings readers closer than ever before to the character of the bizarre misfit
Popular opinion and political dissent in the Third Reich, Bavaria 1933-1945 by Ian Kershaw( Book )

57 editions published between 1983 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

See especially ch. 6 (pp. 224-277), "Reactions to the Persecution of the Jews", and ch. 9 (pp. 358-372), "Popular Opinion and the Extermination of the Jews", as well as other references to Jews in the index
Auschwitz : inside the Nazi state( Visual )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1,149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"'Auschwitz: inside the Nazi state' is the result of three years of research, drawing on the close involvement of world experts, recently discovered documents and nearly 100 interviews with camp survivors and perpetrators, many of whom are speaking on the record for the first time. Their stories are brought to life through the innovative use of archive footage, dramatic recreations of key ... moments, and their ... testimony"--Container label
Stalinism and Nazism : dictatorships in comparison by Moshé Lewin( Book )

33 editions published between 1996 and 2005 in English and Italian and held by 841 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on a conference held in Philadelphia in September 1991. Includes bibliographical references and index
The Nazis : a Warning From History by Samuel Rees( Visual )

9 editions published between 1997 and 2005 in English and held by 670 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Use interviews with witnesses and perpetrators, along with archival film and records, to examine how a political party as fundamentally evil as the Nazis could come to power in a modern European nation. Discusses the factors that enabled the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party in the economically-devastated Germany of the post-World War I era and looks at the role of ordinary Germans in the Nazi regime. Follows the rise and fall of Nazi Germany, from its early promises through the atrocities and suffering of World War II. Includes segments focusing on the occupation of Poland and on the holocaust and concentration camps, particularly Treblinka
Making friends with Hitler : Lord Londonderry, the Nazis, and the road to war by Ian Kershaw( Book )

4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 607 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Charles Stewart Henry Vane-Tempest-Stewart, the 7th Marquess of Londonderry, was born to power and command. Scion of one of Britain's most aristocratic families, cousin of Churchill and confidant of the king, owner of vast coal fields and landed estates, married to the doyenne of London's social scene, Londonderry was an ornament to his class, the 0.1 percent of the population who still owned 30 percent of England's wealth as late as 1930. But history has not been kind to "Charley," as the king called him, because, in his own words, he "backed the wrong horse," and a very dark horse indeed: Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party. Londonderry was hardly the only British aristocrat to do so, but he was the only Cabinet member to do so, and it ruined him. In a final irony, his grand London house was bombed by the German Luftwaffe in the blitz." "Ian Kershaw is not out to rehabilitate Lord Londonderry but to understand him and to expose why he was made a scapegoat for views that were much more widely held than anyone now likes to think. Through the story of how Lord Londonderry came to be mixed up with the Nazis and how it all went horribly wrong for him, Ian Kershaw shows us that behind the familiar cartoon is a much more complicated and interesting reality, full of miscalculations on both sides, miscalculations that proved to be among the most fateful in history."--Jacket
Weimar : why did German democracy fail?( Book )

12 editions published in 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 472 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bolton Priory : the economy of a northern monastery, 1286-1325 by Ian Kershaw( Book )

13 editions published in 1973 in English and Undetermined and held by 432 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The end : Hitler's Germany, 1944-45 by Ian Kershaw( Book )

15 editions published between 2011 and 2017 in English and held by 386 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The last months of the Second World War were a nightmarish time to be alive. Unimaginable levels of violence destroyed entire cities. Millions died or were dispossessed. By all kinds of criteria it was the end: the end of the Third Reich and its terrible empire but also, increasingly, it seemed to be the end of European civilization itself. In his gripping, revelatory new book Ian Kershaw describes these final months, from the failed attempt to assassinate Hitler in July 1944 to the German surrender in May 1945. The major question that Kershaw attempts to answer is: what made Germany keep on fighting? In almost every major war there has come a point where defeat has loomed for one side and its rulers have cut a deal with the victors, if only in an attempt to save their own skins. In Hitler's Germany, nothing of this kind happened: in the end the regime had to be stamped out town by town with a level of brutality almost without precedent. As the Allies closed in on every front extraordinary efforts were made by Hitler and his key 'paladins' to keep fighting way beyond the point where any rational plan for victory had vanished. A system based on terror, which had for years ravaged the countries conquered by the Nazis, was now visited on the Germans themselves. Both a highly original piece of research and a gripping narrative, The End makes vivid an era which still deeply scars Europe. It raises the most profound questions about the nature of the Second World War, about the Third Reich and about how ordinary people behave in extreme circumstances. - Publisher
Der Hitler-Mythos : Volksmeinung und Propaganda im Dritten Reich by Ian Kershaw( Book )

15 editions published between 1980 and 2010 in German and Spanish and held by 386 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bei der historischen Deutung der nationalsozialistischen Epoche bildet die Zentralfigur Hitlers noch immer den Gegenstand kontroverser Erklärungen. Die Flut neuer Hitlerbiographien vermochte wenig beizutragen zur Klärung der Frage, wie es kommen konnte, dass ein Mann solchen persönlichen und ideologischen Zuschnitts von breiten Schichten des deutschen Volkes mit fast religiöser Inbrunst als Führer verehrt wurde. Die im engen Kontakt mit dem Institut für Zeitgeschichte entstandene Schrift des britischen Historikers Ian Kershaw ist wohl der erste systematische Versuch, nicht die Person Hitlers, sondern den sie umgebenden überdimensionalen Nimbus, von seiner Entstehung in der Weimarer Zeit bis zu seiner allmählichen Aufzehrung am Ende des Zweiten Weltkrieges, zu dokumentieren. Der Autor konnte sich dabei auf eine breite Überlieferung von Berichten über die Volksmeinung in der NS-Zeit stützen. Er verdeutlicht überzeugend, dass der hypertrophe Hitler-Mythos des Dritten Reiches nicht nur von einer perfektionierten Propaganda täglich neu erzeugt wurde, sondern in hohem Maße auch von naiven Volkserwartungen getragen und perfektioniert worden ist. Am Beispiel einzelner Ereigniskomplexe, z.B. die Röhm-Affäre 1934, wird exemplarisch veranschaulicht, wie weit sich die populäre Vorstellung von Hitler von dem wirklichen Denken und Handeln dieses Mannes entfernen konnte. Erst der zunehmend verselbständigte und introvertierte irrationale Führerglaube, hervorgegangen aus schweren nationalen und sozialen Krisen der deutschen Gesellschaft, vermittelte als Resonanzboden und soziale Integrationskraft des Dritten Reiches die von der Person Hitlers her allein unmöglich erklärbare enorme politische Wirkung des "Führers"
Hitler : 1936-45: nemesis by Ian Kershaw( Book )

23 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 351 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This continuation of Ian Kershaw's biography of Adolf Hitler begins with the European successes of Hitler in the aftermath of the occupation of the Rhineland. It culminates with Hitler's suicide nine years later in his Berlin bunker. The author aims to address Hitler's motivation and his impact
Castles in the sky( Visual )

4 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 304 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"It is the mid-1930s and the storm clouds of WWII are forming in Germany. This film charts the work of Robert Watson Watt, the pioneer of Radar, and his hand-picked team of eccentric yet brilliant meteorologists as they struggle to turn the concept of Radar into a workable reality. Hamstrung by a tiny budget, seemingly insurmountable technical problems and even a spy in the camp, Watson Watt also has to deal with marital problems as he chases his dream. By 1939, Watson Watt and his team have developed the world's first Radar system along the south east coast of England - a system that, in 1940, will prove pivotal in winning the Battle of Britain"--Publisher's description
 
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Hitler, 1889-1936 : hubris
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Hitler, the Germans, and the final solutionThe Nazi dictatorship : problems and perspectives of interpretationHitler, 1936-45 : nemesisFateful choices : ten decisions that changed the world, 1940-1941The end : the defiance and destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1944-1945The "Hitler myth" : image and reality in the Third ReichHitler, 1889-1936 : hubrisPopular opinion and political dissent in the Third Reich, Bavaria 1933-1945
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Ian Kershaw British historian

Ian Kershaw Brits auteur

Ian Kershaw Brits historicus en auteur

Ian Kershaw brittiläinen historioitsija

Ian Kershaw brytyjski historyk i profesor historii współczesnej

Ian Kershaw englischer Historiker

Ian Kershaw historiador británico

Ian Kershaw historien britannique

Ian Kershaw storico britannico

Kershaw, Ian 1943-

Keršo, Jan 1943-

Kerushō, Ian 1943-

Ίαν Κέρσοου

Кершоу, Ян

Ян Кершоу британский историк

איאן קרשו

איאן קרשו סופר בריטי

קרשאו, איאן

קרשו, איאן

קרשו, איאן 1943-

إيان كيرشو

إيان كيرشو مؤرخ بريطاني

یان کرشاو تاریخ‌نگار بریتانیایی

카쇼, 이안 1943-

커쇼, 이언 1943-

イアン・カーショー

カーショー, イアン

カーショー, イアン 1943-

ケルショー, イアン

伊恩·克肖

伊恩·科尔肖

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