1. Please use the following reading list to help you locate key literature. The first section provides details on books that offer a good, general overview of the period.  The remaining sections are organised thematically, roughly in the order in which we will approach these topics on the module.

     

    Please note: this list is not exhaustive!  There is an absolutely huge amount of relevant material available so you are strongly urged to conduct your own searches of the Library databases (and shelves!) to find additional sources for yourself.  This list should merely get you started...

  2. Key Works on the Third Reich 16 items
    These texts cover many of the issues we are studying on this module and will be especially useful for essay research.
    1. Life in the Third Reich - Richard Bessel 1987

      Book Core

    2. Life in the Third Reich - Richard Bessel, ebrary, Inc 1987 (electronic resource)

      Book Core

    3. The German dictatorship: the origins, structure and effects of National Socialism - Karl Dietrich Bracher, Jean Steinberg 1971

      Book Further

    4. Reevaluating the Third Reich - Jane Caplan, Thomas Childers c1993

      Book Further

    5. Nazism and German society, 1933-1945 - David F. Crew 1994

      Book Core

    6. Nazism and German society, 1933-1945 - David F. Crew, ebrary, Inc 1994 (electronic resource)

      Book Core

    7. A social history of the Third Reich - Richard Grunberger 1974

      Book Further

    8. A social history of the Third Reich - Richard Grunberger 2005

      Book Further

    9. The Third Reich - Klaus Hildebrand 1984

      Book Further

    10. The Third Reich - Klaus Hildebrand, ebrary, Inc 1984 (electronic resource)

      Book Further

    11. Inside Hitler's Germany: life under the Third Reich - Matthew Hughes, Chris Mann 2002

      Book Core

    12. The Nazi dictatorship: problems and perspectives of interpretation - Ian Kershaw 2012

      Book Core

    13. In the shadow of the Swastika: life in Germany under the Nazis, 1933-1945 - Matthew S. Seligmann, John Davison, John McDonald c2003

      Book Core

    14. Nazism - Neil Gregor 2000

      Book 

  3. Key texts on divided Germany 4 items
    1. The Oxford handbook of modern German history - Helmut Walser Smith 2015

      Book 

  4. Week 1: Introduction and assessing popular opinion in mid-C20th Germany 12 items
    1. Nazism and German society, 1933-1945 - David F. Crew, ebrary, Inc 1994 (electronic resource)

      Book Optional See chapter by Ian Kershaw, 'The "Hitler Myth": Image and Reality in the Third Reich', pp. 197-218.

    2. Nazism - Neil Gregor 2000

      Book Optional Digitised chapter: Pages 24-48

    3. Week 1: Assessing popular opinion in mid- C20th Germany - Using primary sources 4 items
      1. How to read Hitler - Neil Gregor 2014

        Book Optional Digitised Chapter 'The Jews', pp. 57-67.

    4. Hitler: a global biography - Brendan Simms 2019

      Book Further

  5. Week 2 - The 'seizure' and consolidation of power 30 items
    1. Review: Did Weimar Fail? - Review by: Peter Fritzsche 1996

      Article Core

    2. The coming of the Third Reich - Richard J. Evans 2004

      Book Core

    3. Modern Germany reconsidered 1870-1945 - Gordon Martel 1992

      Book Core

    4. Hitler and the collapse of Weimar Germany - Martin Broszat c1987

      Book Optional

    5. The Weimar Republic, 1919-1933 - Ruth B Henig, NetLibrary, Inc 2002 (electronic resource)

      Book Optional

    6. NAZI VOTERS. - Noakes, Jeremy

      Article Core

    7. The Weimar Republic - Eberhard Kolb 2005

      Book Optional

    8. The rise and fall of Weimar democracy - Hans Mommsen c1996

      Book Optional

    9. The rise of the Nazis - Conan Fischer 2002

      Book Further

    10. Modern Germany reconsidered, 1870-1945 - Gordon Martel, ebrary, Inc 1992 (electronic resource)

      Book Core See Chapter 6: Jane Caplan, 'The Rise of National Socialism, 1919-1933', pp. 117-139.

    11. From Weimar to Hitler: Germany, 1918-33 - E. J. Feuchtwanger 1995

      Book Further

    12. The Nazi voter: the social foundations of fascism in Germany, 1919-1933 - Thomas Childers c1983

      Book Core

    13. The formation of the Nazi constituency, 1919-1933 - Thomas Childers c1986

      Book Further

    14. Who voted for Hitler? - Richard F. Hamilton c1982

      Book Further

    15. Who voted for Hitler? - Richard F. Hamilton 1982

      Book Further

    16. Republic to Reich: the making of the Nazi revolution; ten essays - Hajo Holborn, Ralph Manheim (1972)

      Book Further See the chapter by Karl Dietrich Bracher, 'Stages of Totalitarian "Integration": The Consolidation of Nazi Rule in 1933 and 1934'.

    17. Hitler's Germany: origins, interpretations, legacies - Roderick Stackelberg, NetLibrary, Inc 2002 (electronic resource)

      Book Core See Chapter 8: 'The Nazi Consolidation of Power, 1933-4', pp. 100-118.

    18. Hitler's Germany: origins, interpretations, legacies - Roderick Stackelberg 2009

      Book Core See Chapter 8: 'The Nazi Consolidation of Power, 1933-4', pp. 100-118.

    19. Nazism 1919-1945: a documentary reader, Vol.1: The rise to power 1919-1934 - Jeremy Noakes, Geoffrey Pridham 1998

      Book  Digitised section: Percentage of Votes Cast in Favour of the NSDAP, 1924-1933 -p. 83. 83-87

  6. Week 3: Building the 'People's Community': Insiders - the Volksgemeinschaft 46 items
    1. Belonging and genocide: Hitler's community, 1918-1945 - Thomas Kühne 2010

      Book Core

    2. Belonging and genocide: Hitler's community, 1918-1945 - Thomas Kühne, ebrary, Inc c2010 (electronic resource)

      Book Core

    3. Week 3: Building the 'People's Community': Insiders - Women 11 items
      1. When biology became destiny: women in Weimar and Nazi Germany - Renate Bridenthal, Atina Grossmann, Marion A. Kaplan c1984

        Book Further

      2. Nazism and German society, 1933-1945 - David F. Crew, ebrary, Inc 1994 (electronic resource)

        Book Further See Chapter 3 by Gisela Bock, 'Antinatalism, Maternity & Paternity in National Socialist Racism', pp. 110-140 and Chapter 4 by Adelheid von Saldern, 'Victims or Perpetrators? Controversies about Women in the Nazi State', pp. 141-165.

      3. Nazi family policy, 1933-1945 - Lisa Pine 1997

        Book Further

      4. Women in the Third Reich - Matthew Stibbe 2003

        Book Core

      5. The Nazi organisation of women - Jill Stephenson 1981

        Book Further

      6. Women in Nazi Germany - Jill Stephenson 2001

        Book Further

    4. Week 3: Building the 'People's Community': Insiders - Propaganda 7 items
      1. Nazi propaganda: the power and the limitations 2015

        Book Core Read chapter: How effective was Nazi propaganda by Ian Kershaw

      2. The Third Reich: politics and propaganda - David Welch 2002

        Book Core

    5. Week 3: Building the 'People's Community': Insiders - The Working Class 7 items
      1. Nazism, fascism and the working class - Timothy W. Mason, Jane Caplan 1995

        Book Further

      2. Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany: comparisons and contrasts - Richard Bessel 1996

        Book Further Digitised chapter : Tilla Siegel, 'Whatever was the Attitude of German Workers? Reflections on Recent Interpretations' pp 61-77

    6. Week 3: Building the 'People's Community': Insiders - Youth 11 items
      1. Education in the Third Reich: a study of race and history in Nazi textbooks - Gilmer W. Blackburn, ebrary, Inc c1985 (electronic resource)

        Book Further

      2. Hitler Youth - Michael H. Kater 2006

        Book Core

      3. Hitler Youth - Michael H. Kater, ebrary, Inc 2004 (electronic resource)

        Book Core

      4. Hitler's children - Guido Knopp 2004

        Book Further

      5. The Hitler youth: origins and development, 1922-45 - H. W. Koch 1975

        Book Further

      6. Life in the Third Reich - Richard Bessel, ebrary, Inc 1987 (electronic resource)

        Book Core See Chapter 3: Detlev Peukert, 'Youth in the Third Reich', pp. 25-40.

      7. Life in the Third Reich - Richard Bessel 1987

        Book Core

      8. Growing up female in Nazi Germany - Dagmar Reese, ebrary, Inc c2006 (electronic resource)

        Book Further

  7. Week 4: Building the 'People's Community': Outsiders 36 items
    1. Backing Hitler: consent and coercion in Nazi Germany - Robert Gellately 2002

      Book Core Digitised Chapter 9: 'Concentration Camps in Public Spaces' pp. 204-223

    2. Social outsiders in Nazi Germany - Robert Gellately, Nathan Stoltzfus c2001

      Book Core

    3. Hidden holocaust?: gay and lesbian persecution in Germany 1933-45 - Gunter Grau, Patrick Camiller 1995

      Book Further

    4. Hidden holocaust?: gay and lesbian persecution in Germany, 1933-45 - Günter Grau, Claudia Schoppmann, Patrick Camiller, ebrary, Inc c1995 (electronic resource)

      Book Further

    5. German Reactions to Nazi Atrocities - Morris Janowitz 1946

      Article Further For an insight into how people spoke about the camps in the immediate aftermath of the war.

    6. Legacies of Dachau : the uses and abuses of a concentration camp, 1933-2001. Harold Marcuse - Harold Marcuse 2008

      Book Core See chapter: What did the German public know about concentration camps?

    7. The pink triangle: the Nazi war against homosexuals - Richard Plant c1988

      Book Further

    8. Gypsies under the Swastika - Donald Kenrick, Grattan Puxon 2009

      Book Further

    9. Week 4: Building the 'People's Community': Outsiders : Euthanasia, Eugenics and Medical Crimes 9 items
      1. Cleansing the Fatherland: Nazi medicine and racial hygiene - Gotz Aly, Peter Chroust, Christian Pross 1994

        Book Further

      2. Death and deliverance: 'euthanansia' in Germany c.1900-1945 - Michael Burleigh 1994

        Book Further

      3. The racial state: Germany 1933-1945 - Michael Burleigh, Wolfgang Wippermann 1991

        Book Core

      4. The origins of Nazi genocide: from euthanasia to the final solution - Henry Friedlander, ebrary, Inc c1995 (electronic resource)

        Book Core

      5. Doctors under Hitler - Michael H. Kater c1989

        Book Core

      6. Nazism 1919-1945: Vol. 3: Foreign policy, war and racial extermination : a documentary reader - Jeremy Noakes, Geoffrey Pridham 2001

        Book Core Digitised from 1988 edition Letter from a German doctor pp1014-1015

    10. Week 4: Building the 'People's Community': Outsiders -anti-Semitism 6 items
      1. Between dignity and despair: Jewish life in Nazi Germany - Marion A. Kaplan 1998

        Book Core Read Digitised Chapter 5: The November Pogrom and its Aftermath, pp119-144 available online.

      2. Hitler's willing executioners - Daniel Jonah Goldhagen 1996

        Book Core Digitised Chapter: pp 80 -128 Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, ‘Eliminationalist Antisemitism: The “Common Sense” of German Society during the Nazi Period’

    11. Week 4: Building the 'People's Community': Outsiders - The apparatus of control 7 items
      1. Backing Hitler: consent and coercion in Nazi Germany - Robert Gellately 2002

        Book Core

  8. Week 5: War 4 items
    1. Under the bombs: the German home front, 1942-1945 - Earl R. Beck, ebrary, Inc c1986 (electronic resource)

      Book Further

    2. The Third Reich between vision and reality: new perspectives on German history, 1918-1945 - Hans Mommsen, ebrary, Inc 2001 (electronic resource)

      Book Core See the chapter by Norbert Frei, 'People's Community and War: Hitler's Popular Support'.

  9. Week 6: The Holocaust and its aftermath 28 items
    1. Holocaust: origins, implementation, aftermath - Omer Bartov, NetLibrary, Inc 2000 (electronic resource)

      Book Core

    2. The final solution: a genocide - Donald Bloxham, ebrary, Inc 2009 (electronic resource)

      Book Core

    3. The path to genocide: essays on launching the final solution - Christopher R. Browning 1992

      Book Core

    4. The final solution: origins and implementation - David Cesarani, ebrary, Inc 1996 (electronic resource)

      Book Core

    5. The war against the Jews, 1933-1945 - Lucy S. Dawidowicz 1986

      Book Core

    6. Ghettostadt: Łódź and the making of a Nazi city - Gordon J. Horwitz, ebrary, Inc 2008 (electronic resource)

      Book Further

    7. Holocaust: The Nazi persecution and murder of the Jews - Peter Longerich, ebrary, Inc 2010 (electronic resource)

      Book Core

    8. The Wannsee conference in the development of the 'final solution' - Peter Longerich, Ian Gronbach, Donald Bloxham, Holocaust Educational Trust c2000

      Book Core

    9. The Columbia guide to the Holocaust - Donald L Niewyk, Francis R Nicosia, NetLibrary, Inc c2000 (electronic resource)

      Book Further

    10. The final solution - Reitlinger G. 1971

      Book Further

    11. GHDI - Document

      Webpage  Minutes of the Wannsee Conference.

    12. Nazism 1919-1945: Vol. 3: Foreign policy, war and racial extermination : a documentary reader - Jeremy Noakes, Geoffrey Pridham 2001

      Book Core digitised section from 1988 edition Postwar account by David Ehof, 1948 pp1098-1100

    13. Week 9: The Holocaust Perpetrator Motivation 7 items
      1. Becoming evil: how ordinary people commit genocide and mass murder - James Waller 2007

        Book Core

      2. Ordinary men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the final solution in Poland - Christopher R. Browning 2001

        Book Core Digitised chapter: pp 159 - 189To what extent can Germans be regarded as Hitler’s willing executioners?

      3. Popular opinion in totalitarian regimes: Fascism, Nazism, Communism 2017

        Book Optional Ch 6. Popular Opinion in Nazi Germany as a Factor in the policy of the 'Solution of the Jewish Question': The Nuremberg Laws and the Reichskristallnacht

      4. A Small Town Near Auschwitz: Ordinary Nazis And The Holocaust - Mary Fulbrook 15 Sept. 2013

        Book 

    14. Week 6: The Holocaust and its aftermath - Aftermath 3 items
      1. In War's Wake - Gerard Daniel CohenGerard Daniel CohenGerard Daniel CohenGerard Daniel CohenGerard Daniel Cohen

        Book 

      2. Reckonings - Mary FulbrookMary FulbrookMary FulbrookMary FulbrookMary Fulbrook

        Book  11: The diffraction of guilt

  10. Week 7: Occupation and division 5 items
    1. Individuality and modernity in Berlin: self and society from Weimar to the Wall - Moritz Föllmer 2013 (electronic resource)

      Book Optional Chapter 7: Defeat, self-help and the dissociation from Nazism

    2. Stalin's Curse - Robert GellatelyRobert GellatelyRobert GellatelyRobert GellatelyRobert Gellately

      Book 

    3. Modern Hungers - Alice WeinrebAlice WeinrebAlice WeinrebAlice WeinrebAlice Weinreb

      Book 

    4. The Betrayal - Kim Christian PriemelKim Christian PriemelKim Christian PriemelKim Christian PriemelKim Christian PriemelKim Christian Priemel

      Book 

  11. Week 8: West Germany 1949 - 1961 0 items
  12. Week 9: East Germany 1949-1961 0 items
  13. Week 10: The Wall and its impact 1 item
    1. Behind the Berlin Wall - Patrick MajorPatrick MajorPatrick MajorPatrick MajorPatrick MajorPatrick Major

      Book 

  14. Week 11: Divided memory? 1 item
  15. Further reading: Resistance 12 items
    1. Resistance: European resistance to Nazism, 1940-1945 - M. R. D. Foot c1977

      Book Further

    2. Resistance and conformity in the Third Reich - Martyn Housden, NetLibrary, Inc 2002 (electronic resource)

      Book Core

    3. The Nazi dictatorship: problems and perspectives of interpretation - Ian Kershaw 2012

      Book Core See Chapter Resistance without the People?

    4. Germans against Hitler: the Stauffenberg plot and resistance under the Third Reich - Hans Mommsen, Angus McGeoch, ebrary, Inc 2009 (electronic resource)

      Book Core

    5. Nazism, 1919-1945: a documentary reader, Vol.4: The German home front in World War II - Jeremy Noakes c1998

      Book Core Digitised Section: pp 585-586 Guidelines for resistance published in Der Vorbote (The Herald), a Communist paper

    6. Nazism, 1919-1945: a documentary reader, Vol.4: The German home front in World War II - Jeremy Noakes c1998

      Book Core digitised section. pp 600-603 Carl Goerdeler, ‘The Goal’ (Policy Aims of the Conservative Resistance), 1941

    7. Nazism, 1919-1945: a documentary reader, Vol.4: The German home front in World War II - Jeremy Noakes c1998

      Book Core digitised section: pp 630 - 632 SD Report into the Attitude of the Population towards the 20 July Conspirators, 20 August 1944

  16. POLICY & DECISION MAKING IN THE THIRD REICH 4 items
  17. CHURCHES 10 items
    1. Pius XII and the 3rd Reich - Friedlander S. 1966

      Book Further

    2. And the witnesses were silent: the Confessing Church and the persecution of the Jews - Wolfgang Gerlach, Victoria Barnett, ebrary, Inc c2000 (electronic resource)

      Book Core

    3. A church divided: German Protestants confront the Nazi past - Matthew D. Hockenos, ebrary, Inc c2004 (electronic resource)

      Book Core See Chapter 1: 'The Church Struggle', pp. 15-41.

    4. Dissonant lives: generations and violence through the German dictatorships - Mary Fulbrook, ProQuest (Firm) 2011 (electronic resource)

      Book Optional Read Chapter 5: The Escalation of Violence : War and Genocide

    5. The Catholic Church and Nazi Germany - Guenter Lewy 1964

      Book Further

    6. The Catholic Church and Nazi Germany - Guenter Lewy 2000

      Book 

  18. PRIMARY SOURCES 7 items
    Extremely useful collections of primary sources covering all aspects of the Third Reich. Make use of these to illustrate your seminar presentations and essays!
    1. Nazism 1919-1945: a documentary reader, Vol.1: The rise to power 1919-1934 - Noakes, Jeremy, Pridham, Geoffrey 1998

      Book Core