The Hitler Conspiracies: Secrets and Lies Behind the Rise and Fall of the Nazi Party

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The Hitler Conspiracies proves that during his rise to power, Hitler's greatest political skill was to explain Germany's post-World War I problem to those who were the most receptive to a single explanation of events, and then offer them radical solutions. At the heart of Hitler's German—and world—view was betrayal, betrayal borne out of conspiracy. 

Once in power, the Nazi regime was truly driven and riven by conspiracies; and even in defeat a miasma of conspiracy surrounded the Third Reich. This book examines the intrigues and "back stairs" deals that allowed Hitler and the Nazi Party to gain power in Germany in 1933, and the often bloody political infighting that ensued following National Socialism's consolidation of power, such as the "Night of the Long Knives" in 1934. 

Though Hitler strove to create a wholly centralized state, he did not silence all opposition.  In Nazi Germany  there were some Germans - members of the pre-Hitler elite, religious leaders, students and workers - who were willing to conspire against the regime.  This book covers all these anti-Nazi movements in full, thus building into a thought provoking volume on the rise of the Nazis and the opposition to Hitler's tyrannical regime.

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About the Author:

Professor David Welch is Professor of Modern History and Director of the Centre for the Study of Propaganda at the University of Kent at Canterbury.  His research interests include late nineteenth and twentieth century German history, focusing on the relationship between public opinion, politics, and propaganda in German society.  He is the General Editor of Routledge's Sources in History series.  His published works include Germany: Propaganda and Total War 1914-1918; Modern European History: A Documentary Reader 1871-2000; The Third Reich, Politics and Propaganda; Hitler: Profile of a Dictator and Propaganda and the German Cinema, 1933-1945.  He currently lives in the south of England.

Review:

The history and legacy of Hitler and the Third Reich remain in great part a history of conspiracy. Hitler came to power by promulgating conspiracy theories; in power, the regime was driven and riven by conspiracies and even in defeat a miasma of conspiracy surrounded the Third Reich. However, the Nazi regime was also conspired against by ordinary Germans and those of senior rank, as the July 1944 Bomb Plot showed. As The Hitler Conspiracies shows, during his rise to power Hitler's greatest political skill was to explain Germany's post-World War 1 problems to those who were most receptive to a simple explanation of events, and then offer them radical solutions. At the heart of Hitler's German view was betrayal, betrayal born of conspiracy. World War 1 was lost, he argued, not because Germany had been defeated on the battlefield but because it had been betrayed by a conspiracy of supposedly self-seeking politicians, bankers, and others in senior positions whose activities had been co-ordinated by a so-called 'Jewish-Bolshevik conspiracy'. Once in power, Hitler acted ruthlessly. He had two chief objectives: first, to remove those in the old German establishment and even the Nazi hierarchy (both of which conspired against him) who might threaten his power; second, to create a wholly centralised state. Hitler made the major decisions, but his chosen representatives had enormous, self-centred leeway to achieve them. Hitler did not, however, silence all opposition. In Nazi Germany, there were some Germans - members of the pre-Hitler elite, religious leaders, students and workers - who were willing to conspire against the regime. As The Hitler Conspiracies makes clear, after the years of European conquest and the instigation of draconian, racist policies throughout Nazi-dominated Europe, ordinary Germans still continued to conspire against Hitler. Few, however, were able to escape the clutches of the Third Reich's security services, such as the infamous Gestapo, and many paid with their lives. Written by an expert on the Third Reich, The Hitler Conspiracies throws a new light on the history of Adolf Hitler's Germany. --David Kirk

This book was great for learning about all the conspiracies and secrets that dealt with Hitler. Also gives how hard it was to kill Hitler and it also shows us if we don't learn from the past history repeats itself. --By Sithlord

This book gives the reader an insight on those traitors who never gave up trying to overthrow or undermine the National Socialist state despite the fact that they were clearly in the minority and what happened to them when they were caught. --Larry Petersen

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