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If you could sum up A History of Hitler's Empire, 2nd Edition in three words, what would they be?
Important, current and terrifying
What did you like best about this story?
“Forewarned is forearmed.” These are the last words of this lecture series and it sums up perfectly why this lecture should be listened to. In the course of 12 thirty minute lectures, Professor Thomas Childers of the University of Pennsylvania does an incredible job of explaining how the Nazi party rose to power in Germany. Beginning with the catastrophe of World War I, he guides the listener through the terrible economic conditions which confronted Germany. He then discusses how these abrupt changes left the German people looking for a “strong man”, someone who could not be any worse than the Social Democrats of the Weimar Republic. Unfortunately, they found the very worst.
Overall, one of the best lectures from The Great Courses series that I have listened to and would recommend to anyone who wants a deeper understanding of how the Nazis rose to power in such a cultured, sophisticated country as Germany.
What about Professor Thomas Childers’s performance did you like?
I was very impressed with Professor Childers and found his manner of speaking to be incredibly easy to listen to and the entire lecture felt entirely conversational. While I wish the lecture was longer because I was enjoying it so much, I still felt like the material was covered in great detail. I made notes throughout the lecture to guide my future reading on the topic.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
The last two lectures which detailed the Holocaust were very moving and Professor Childers was very respectful of the subject.
Any additional comments?
Great lecture! Greater lecturer!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Any additional comments?
The presenter had a very low voice, and he got quiet at times, so it was hard to hear in my car. Very good otherwise
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
These lectures are compelling, clear and informative. The lecturer is excellent and very engaging. I only wish the course was longer and more detailed as I learned an enormous amount from it. I will certainly seek out other courses by this speaker.
Thomas Childers is an excellent scholar. His early research was on German electoral patterns and the rise of support for the Nazi Party. This short course provides an excellent history of the Nazi movement from its origins in World War 1 through its extraordinary rise to power. Childers places the rise of Hitler's Empire within the context of German politics and society. He covers the party's tactics, Hitler's beliefs, the evolution of racial and foreign policy expertly. There is brief coverage of World War 2 but Professor Childers has another course specifically on this subject.