A Third Reich, as I See It: Politics, Society, and Private Life in the Diaries of Nazi Germany, 1933-1939 (Paperback)

A Third Reich, as I See It: Politics, Society, and Private Life in the Diaries of Nazi Germany, 1933-1939 By Janosch Steuwer, Bernard Heise (Translator) Cover Image
By Janosch Steuwer, Bernard Heise (Translator)
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With the beginning of the National Socialist dictatorship, Germany not only experienced a deep political turning point but the private life of Germans also changed fundamentally. The Nazi regime had far-reaching ideas about how the individual should think and act.

In "A Third Reich, as I See It" Janosch Steuwer examines the private diaries of ordinary Germans written between 1933 and 1939 and shows how average citizens reacted to the challenges of National Socialism. Some felt the urge and desire to adapt to the political circumstances. Others felt compelled to do so. They all contributed to the realization of the vision of a homogeneous, conflict-free, and "racially pure" society.

In a detailed manner and with a convincing sense of the bigger picture, Steuwer shows how the tense efforts of people to fit in, and at the same time to preserve existing opinions and self-conceptions, led to a close intertwining of the private and the political.

"A Third Reich, as I See It" offers a surprisingly new look at how the ideological visions of National Socialism found their way into the everyday reality of Germans.

About the Author

Janosch Steuwer is a historian of modern Germany and Europe. After positions at Universities of Bochum and Zurich, he is working at the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg. His research interests cover a wide range of topics, such as the history of childhood since the 1970s and the history of National Socialism and its aftermath. In particular, he is concerned with the ways in which ordinary people experienced and understood the periods they lived through.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780253065339
ISBN-10: 025306533X
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication Date: April 4th, 2023
Pages: 666
Language: English


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