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Reevaluating the Third Reich

Thomas Childers and Jane Caplan, editors with a foreword by Charles S. Maier
Reevaluating the Third Reich
ISBN: 978-0-8419-1228-1
1993/270 pages/LC: 91037761
Distributed for Holmes & Meier Publishers

"Many of the best examples of the new thinking can be found in Reevaluating the Third Reich."—Foreword

"Stimulating to read, and a worthwhile contribution to the growing body of literature on this critical period."—History Teacher


In this thought-provoking volume, the work of distinguished scholars exposes the contradictory implications and shifting paradigms of recent historical work on Nazism. The authors' controversial analyses are certain to provoke still further debate as they expand our knowledge of the complex dynamics at play in Nazi Germany.


Thomas Childers is Sheldon and Lucy Hackney Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. Jane Caplan is professor of modern European history at St Antony's College, University of Oxford.


  • Foreword—Charles S. Maier.
  • Introduction—The Editors.
  • "Normality" and Genocide: The Problem of  "Historicization"—I. Kershaw
  • Enforcing Racial Policy in Nazi Germany—R. Gellately.
  • Eugenics, Gender, and Ethics in Nazi Germany: The Debate About Involuntary Sterilization, 1933-1936—C. Koonz
  • Reflections on the Position of Hitler and Göring in the Third Reich—H. Mommsen.
  • National Socialism and the Theory of the State—J. Caplan.
  • Innovation and Conservation in Economic Recovery: The Alleged "Nazi Recovery" of the 1930s—H. James.
  • Rationalizing Industrial Relations: A Debate on the Control of Labor in German Shipyards in 1941—T. Siegel.
  • The Domestic Dynamics of Nazi Conquests: A Response to Critics—T. Mason.
  • Polycracy and Policy in the Third Reich: The Case of the Economy—P. Hayes.
  • Beyond "Intentionalism" and "Functionalism": A Reassessment of Nazi Jewish Policy from 1939 to 1941—C.R. Browning.
  • The Genesis of the "Final Solution" from the Spirit of Science—D.J.K. Peukert.
  • Appendix:  What Happened to "Fascism"?—T. Mason.