The story of how Germans came to embrace the Third Reich.
Germany in early 1933 was a country ravaged by years of economic depression and increasingly polarized between the extremes of left and right. Over the spring of that year, Germany was transformed from a republic, albeit a seriously faltering one, into a one-party dictatorship. In Hitler's First Hundred Days, award-winning historian Peter Fritzsche examines the pivotal moments during this fateful period in which the Nazis apparently won over the majority of Germans to join them in their project to construct the Third Reich. Fritzsche scrutinizes the events of the period - the elections and mass arrests, the bonfires and gunfire, the patriotic rallies and anti-Jewish boycotts - to understand both the terrifying power that the National Socialists came to exert over ordinary Germans and the powerful appeal of the new era that they promised.
Oxford University Press
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Publication Date: 04 November 2021
Introduction: Quarter Past Eleven, One Hundred Days, a Thousand Years 1: Crisis, if You Please 2: Mystery Tour 3: Assault 4: The Communist Beast 5: The German Spring 6: Your Jewish Grandmother 7: The Administration of Life 8: This Enormous Planet 9: The One Hundred Days A Postscript and Acknowledgments Notes Index
Peter Fritzsche is the W. D. & Sarah E. Trowbridge professor of history at the University of Illinois and the author of ten previous books, including An Iron Wind: Europe Under Hitler (2016) and the award-winning Life and Death in the Third Reich (2009).
Reviews for Hitler's First Hundred Days: When Germans Embraced the Third Reich
Peter Fritzsche gives a comprehensive overview of how the Nazis took over Germany. * Paul Donnelley, The Daily Express * [A] dramatic retelling... with tremendous verve... Fritzsches skill is in finding a wide enough cast of Germans to give a sense not just of the faithful, but of the sceptics, the disbelieving and the defeated... it is [Fitzsches] capacity for turning the lens back onto the viewer that makes his work so profound and so convincing. * Nicholas Stargardt, New York Times * Fritzsche draws on a vast amount of research to take us into the heart of a tumultuous 100 days, bringing in voices from all sides of the political spectrum. In the process, he turns what seems like an impossible sequence of events into one that seems both understandable and frighteningly repeatable. * History of War * Hitlers First One Hundred Days is gripping from the first lines. With elegance and deep knowledge, Peter Fitzsche tells the story of how Hitler and the Nazis consolidated their hold on power in the spring of 1933. Fritzsche knows this ground like few others, and his eye for the telling detail makes this book surprising at every turn, even as he shows how the story is chillingly relevant to our times. * Benjamin Hett, author of The Death of Democracy: Hitlers Rise to Power and the Downfall of the Weimar Republic *