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Inside Hitler’s Germany

Inside Hitler's Germany

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There have been numerous histories of World War II and many analyses of the Nazi Party. But what was it like actually to live under the Nazi Regime? Inside Hitler’s Germany attempts to answer this question. This book looks at all aspects of life under the Nazis, including during the early 1930s, when Nazism brought economic benefits and before the full horrors of the racism at the heart of the regime were revealed. The role of women and children in the Nazi state, the changing face of popular culture and high art, the position of industry, the part played by the army, and the integration of the Nazi Party itself into German life are covered in full. Important questions, such as the attitude of ordinary Germans to racist policies and the nature of the German resistance to Hitler, are also addressed.

Chris Mann is a lecturer in European history at the University of Surrey and University College, London. A holder of a doctorate in war studies from King’s College, London, his author area of expertise is Scandinavian military history in the twentieth century, specifically during World War II. He is the author of Norwegian Armed Forces in Exile 1940-45 and The T-34, and co-author of Inside Hitler’s Germany. He currently lives in London.


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Genuinely excellent book. Wonderfully well written and researched, particularly the first-hand accounts. I teach high-school history and I bought this book to prepare for a class. I'll definitely be recommending to my students.


Most of the books on Nazi Germany look at either the military, the camps, or Hitler himself. Inside Hitler’s Germany looks at all of those things, but also places them within the context of German society as a whole. The personal stories in this book disprove the assertion that all Germans were united behind Hitler, but the writers also manage to keep the account from drifting into being a series of excuses or apologies for what happened. The sections on the holocaust and Nazi internal violence are particularly harrowing, as they should be.