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A History of Hitler's Empire, 2nd Edition Lecture

A History of Hitler's Empire, 2nd Edition

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Publisher's Summary

Know thy enemy. That's what the wisdom of history teaches us. And Adolf Hitler was surely the greatest enemy ever faced by modern civilization. Over half a century later, the horror, fascination, and questions still linger:

  • How could a man like Hitler and a movement like Nazism come to power in 20th-century Germany – an industrially developed country with a highly educated population?
  • How were the Nazis able to establish the foundations of a totalitarian regime in such a short time and hurl all of Europe - and the world - into a devastating war that would consume so many millions of lives?

Professor Childers has designed this gripping 12-lecture course to shed light on these and other questions that have plagued generations. You'll start by looking at the catastrophic impact World War I had on Germany, and how the war and the humiliating Treaty of Versailles crippled the Weimar Republic. From there, you'll turn to the Third Reich – Nazism in power – with an investigation of how Hitler and his henchmen systematically and ruthlessly broke resistance, taking over the major institutions of state power and creating a totalitarian system of terror, propaganda, and pervasive regimentation. You'll also examine Hitler's foreign policy between 1933 and 1939, and discover how and why he puzzled the world by entering into an accommodation with his deadly enemy, Stalin, on the eve of World War II. In the final lectures, you'll focus on Hitler's war against the Jews from Mein Kampf to Auschwitz, dissecting the horrifying racial ideas of the Nazis and the policies adopted to transform those ideas into reality. Finally, you'll learn how Hitler's evil empire was destroyed by Allied might.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2001 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2001 The Great Courses

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    Dana Keish Ohio, United States 07-01-14
    Dana Keish Ohio, United States 07-01-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Forewarned is Forearmed"
    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
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    James Francis Maryland, USA 06-19-14
    James Francis Maryland, USA 06-19-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Informative, but hard to hear"
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    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
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    Kate Dedham, MA, United States 12-30-16
    Kate Dedham, MA, United States 12-30-16 Member Since 2005
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    "This would be OK if you know little about Hitler"

    As a lecturer, Childers has some odd speech patterns that may put people off and I had the feeling his books may be better. I just finished reading the lecture notes which were good at reinforcing the lectures.

    Overall, I was not satisfied with the lectures but when I bought them, I thought that could happen as 12 lectures aren't enough for such an important time in history. I learned a little but not a great deal. I have many lectures from The Great Courses and this may be the weakest one I have encountered.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel 05-04-16
    Daniel 05-04-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Basic"

    The material on the political rise of the NSPD was fairly detailed. Everything after 1933 was little more than what you would get from a highschool-level history class.

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    "necessary history"

    fascinating and understandable look at the beginning of the Nazi party and what events led to the atrocities of WWII and the Holocaust

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    D. Cobb United States 02-14-15
    D. Cobb United States 02-14-15 Member Since 2017
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    "A really great lecture series."

    Just a great overview of this terrible chapter in history. Easy to listen to, entertaining and intelligent. I highly recommend this book.

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    "In debth and easy to follow."

    This is the second audible book I've listened to with this lecturer. His other Great Course is again based on WWII and is just as good. Well done.

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    Andy S. 03-06-17
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    "A lesson that is always relevant"
    What did you love best about A History of Hitler's Empire, 2nd Edition?

    I love listening to Professor Childers talk about history. He is extremely knowledgeable and presents information in easily understandable language for everyone.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A History of Hitler's Empire, 2nd Edition?

    One of the most important points that Professor Childers makes at the beginning of the lecture is to not look so closely at Hitler himself but at the social dynamics that put Hitler into power.


    Have you listened to any of Professor Thomas Childers’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've also listened to Professor Childer's history of World War II and it is also an excellent and informative lecture.


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    Nick 02-23-17
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    "Absolute Torture."

    I love to read/listen to anything related to WWII and the axis, but after a about 3 hours I had to give up on this book. The professor knows the subject well, but it's almost impossible to follow along with his lecture because every other sentence there is an "ummmm........." or an "ehhhhhhh....." included in it. I understand it's really common for people to do that, but this guy does it, and I'm not exaggerating, ALL THROUGHOUT THE BOOK!!!!!!! it's maddening.

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    Jim 02-12-17
    Jim 02-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A warning for us all"
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    Professor Childers outlines how Hitler rose to power and slowly eroded the rights of Jews, and others, until no one dared contest him. This should be a warning to us all.


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