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The Third Reich A New History by Michael Burleigh

The Third Reich A New History

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Winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2001.

Burleigh sets Nazi Germany in a European context showing how the Third Reich's abandonment of liberal democracy, decency and tolerance was widespread. The underlying premise of his book is that there are good and bad individuals, not good and bad nations, as he recreates the complexities of life under a totalitarian dictatorship.

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The Third Reich A New History by Michael Burleigh

Setting Nazi Germany in a European context, this text shows how the Third Reich's abandonment of liberal democracy, decency and tolerance was widespread in Europe at the time. It shows how a radical, pseudo-religious movement seemed to offer salvation to a Germany exhausted by war, depression and inflation.


'This is a monumental book.'
Richard Overy, Sunday Telegraph

'If I had to recommend one book on the Third Reich, this would be it.'
Daniel Johnson, Daily Telegraph

'It is a breathtaking achievement, at once broader and deeper than any other single volume ever published on the subject. Indeed I would go further: it is the product of authentic historical genius.'
Niall Ferguson, Sunday Times

'Happily, Michael Burleigh now fills that bibliographical gap, with a readable and highly knowledgeable account of that ghastly period. You will never be bored by this extraordinary book.'
Andrew Roberts, Mail on Sunday

About the Author

Michael Burleigh is Distinguished Research Professor in Modern History at Cardiff University. He is currently William R. Kenan Visiting Professor at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. He is the author of six well-received books.

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6th July 2001


Michael Burleigh

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Pan Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan


992 pages
Interest Age: From 18 years


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European history
Second World War
Fascism & Nazism
Political structures: totalitarianism & dictatorship



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