• Une nouvelle approche biographique du confident d'Hitler : derrière le technocrate affable et courtois se cache un meurtrier dépourvu de sens moral.Architecte favori de Hitler puis ministre de l'Armement du IIIe Reich d'une grande efficacité, Albert Speer (1905-1981) a longtemps représenté le technocrate expert, certes proche de Hitler mais hostile au national-socialisme. Ce confident du Führer a notamment toujours insisté sur sa méconnaissance des crimes du régime et dissimulé la centralité de son rôle au sein de l'appareil nazi, dupant ses juges à Nuremberg et, partant, ses premiers biographes. Martin Kitchen rétablit la vérité dans cette biographie exemplaire, dévoilant derrière le courtisan un suppôt zélé du IIIe Reich, y compris dans sa dimension génocidaire.
    " L'étude que lui consacre Martin Kitchen entend lever le voile sur ses compromissions, en rappelant notamment que Speer fit expulser et déporter, en connaissance de cause, des milliers de juifs berlinois. Solide et détaillé. "
    Le Monde des livres

  • Featuring revised and extended coverage, the second edition of A History of Modern Germany offers an accessible and engagingly written account of German history from 1800 to the present. Provides readers with a long view of modern German history, revealing its continuities and changes Features updated and extended coverage of German social change and modernization, class, religion, and gender Includes more in depth coverage of the German Democratic Republic Examines Germany's social, political, and economic history Covers the unification of Germany, the German Empire, the Weimar Republic, the Third Reich, post-war division, the collapse of Communism, and developments since re-unification Addresses regional history rather than focusing on the dominant role of Prussia

  • Seventy years have passed since Adolf Hitler was appointed Chancellor, and in the intervening years a vast amount has been written on the origins and nature of the Third Reich. The years from 1933 to 1945 cast such a grim shadow that the moral, ethical and religious elements embedded in the narrative are such that the subject sill resists treatment as part of a historical past. Fierce debates still rage over both the how and why of these terrible events. In this concise and accessible account, Martin Kitchen addresses the major issues - how did Hitler come to power? How was the Nazi dictatorship established? What was the essential nature of the regime? What were the reasons for Hitler's extraordinary popularity? Why did Germany go to war? What led to the Holocaust? What was the legacy of National Socialism?

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