NAZI GERMANY: The Origins and Collapse of the Third Reich by Richard Procktor

NAZI GERMANY: The Origins and Collapse of the Third Reich

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KIRKUS REVIEW

British educator Richard Procktor traces German nationalism all the way back to the policies of Bismarck and, in a very condensed narrative, surveys the political machinations which made it possible for Hitler to assume power. Similarly his account of the Nazi regime pays particular attention to the economic policies of Schacht, the agriculture administration of Walther Darre, Goebbels' propaganda apparatus and Schirach's organization of the Hitler Youth. In comparison to other juveniles, Procktor deemphasizes the charisma of Hitler and shows, in practical terms, the methods used by the Nazis to solidify and extend their power. While sound, this approach is less exciting than the journalistic review (such as those of Goldston and Eimerl), and the appeal will be chiefly limited to older students who will appreciate its concision and serious-mindedness.

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 1972
Publisher: Holt, Rinehart & Winston