Understand the rise of a dangerous ideology.
There is renewed interest in the Nazi Party that ruled Germany as a fascist state from 1933 to 1945 under the leadership of Adolf Hitler. However, the events that led to the rise of Nazism-and the near victory of the Axis Powers in World War II-date back to the economics and politics of 1860s Europe.
From fascinating facts on the iron-fisted rulers who forged a new German empire to clear analysis of the Third Reich's psychological, political, and military underpinnings, learn all there is to know about the rise and fall of Hitler's Nazi Germany, including:
+ The unification of Germany and the formation of the first empire under Prussian chancellor Otto von Bismarck.
+ How the Versailles Treaty's disarmament of Germany after World War I failed to ensure peace.
+ Adolf Hitler's evolution from an imprisoned revolutionary to Nazi dictator.
+ The Nazi reign over Germany and occupied countries-including the military strategies of World War II.
+ The German military officers who plotted to assassinate Hitler.
+ The justifications behind the Nuremberg trials.
Robert Smith Thompson taught international relations at the University of South Carolina. He is the author of A Time for War: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Path to Pearl Harbor, Empires on the Pacific: World War II and the Struggle for the Mastery of Asia, Pledge to Destiny: Charles de Gaulle and the Rise of the Free French, and The Missiles of October: The Declassified Story of John F. Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis. He received his B.A. from Oberlin College, his M.A. from Harvard University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
Alan Axelrod, PhD, has written numerous books on history, business, and management topics. He's authored books on topics ranging the from the Civil War to the American Presidency, and on people ranging from Queen Elizabeth I to Harry Truman. He received his PhD in English from the University of Iowa, specializing in the literature and culture of colonial America. Previously, he taught at Furman University and Lake Forest College (IL), and has served as a consultant to a number of historical museums and cultural institutions.