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On 30th January 1933, Adolf Hitler was appointed the German chancellor of a coalition government by President Hindenburg. Within a few months he had installed a dictatorship, jailing and killing his left-wing opponents, terrorising the rest of the population and driving Jews out of public life.

He embarked on a crash programme on militaristic Keynesianism, reviving the economy and achieving full employment through massive public works, vast armaments spending and the cancellations of foreign debts. After the grim years of the Great Depression, Germany seemed to have been reborn as a brutal and determined European power.

Over the course of the years from 1933 to 1939, Hitler won over most of the population to his vision of a renewed Reich. In these years of domestic triumph, cunning manoeuvres, pitting neighbouring powers against each other and biding his time, we see Hitler preparing for the moment that would realise his ambition. But what drove Hitler's success was also to be the fatal flaw of his regime: a relentless belief in war as the motor of greatness, a dream of vast conquests in Eastern Europe and an astonishingly fanatical racism.

In The Hitler Years, Frank McDonough charts the rise and fall of the Third Reich under Hitler's hand. The first volume, Triumph, ends after Germany's comprehensive military defeat of Poland in 1939.

©2020 Frank McDonough (P)2020 Head of Zeus

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"A masterclass in the history of Nazi Germany, with an internationally renowned expert as the teacher." (Get History)

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  • 14-11-20

Robust and Solid History of preparations for WWII

Well read by Paul and a well written history by Prof Frank. All you need to know in the run up to WWII and the associated politics and the key players.

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  • 21-09-20

Nothing new here

Didn't learn anything new from this book. Read Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William Shirer. Still the greatest account of the Nazis ever written.

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