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War and Genocide


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Introduction: Holocaust, War, and Genocide: Themes and Problems Chapter 1 Dry Timber: Preconditions Chapter 2 Leadership and Will: Hitler, the National Socialist German Workers' Party, and Nazi Ideology Chapter 3 From Revolution to Routine: Nazi Germany, 1933-1938 Chapter 4 Open Aggression: In Search of War, 1938-1939 Chapter 5 Brutal Innovations: War against Poland and the So-Called Euthanasia Program, 1939-1940 Chapter 6 Expansion and Systematization: Exporting War and Terror, 1940-1941 Chapter 7 War and Genocide: Decisions and Dynamics in the Peak Years of Killing, 1942-1943 Chapter 8 Flashover: The Killing Centers, 1942-1944 Chapter 9 Death Throes and Killing Frenzies, 1944-1945 Conclusion: Legacies of Atrocity Acknowledgments Sources and Suggestions for Further Reading List of Maps List of Illustrations Index About the Author

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Doris L. Bergen is Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Professor of Holocaust Studies at the University of Toronto.


Doris Bergen's War and Genocide is a jewel of a book that addresses students, specialists, and the general public alike. Her clear analysis of the development of the genocide is combined with an extraordinary and broad view of the actions and experiences of those involved. She not only covers the history of Nazi perpetrators and their policies but also pays careful attention to the experience of Jewish victims as well as the varied social groups targeted for persecution including women, homosexual men, Roma, the disabled and others. In addition, her nuanced attention to visual and cultural sources further models how a critical history of the Holocaust can be written. -- Paul B. Jaskot, DePaul University
The revisions undertaken by Doris Bergen for this new edition of War and Genocide make an excellent book even better. Instructors and students will appreciate the expanded coverage of crucial questions such as collaboration, developments in the Soviet Union, the fate of Roma under Nazi rule, and post-1945 ramifications of the Holocaust, all of which have been subjects of much recent research. Up-to-date and comprehensive, War and Genocide remains the ideal introduction to an enormously complex and challenging subject. -- Alan E. Steinweis, University of Vermont
War and Genocide provides a concise, careful, and engaging discussion of the Holocaust. Written by a master teacher-a scholar who understands undergraduate readers-it anticipates questions and challenges students to think critically through common misconceptions about the past. War and Genocide is the most valuable resource that I have for conveying the complexity and nuance of the Holocaust. -- Tatjana Lichtenstein, The University of Texas at Austin
Balanced and comprehensive, this third edition of Doris Bergen's masterly book accomplishes several tasks that few other works on the Holocaust can claim to have achieved: it is meticulously researched, entirely up to date, and highly readable. It sets the Holocaust within a wide framework of origins and wartime events without losing sight of its particular horror and distinct features, and it understands the Holocaust as an assault on humanity that encompassed not only Jews but whole other categories of human beings, not least the handicapped, the Roma, and Soviet prisoners of war. War and Genocide is certain to become essential reading for all students of the last century's darkest era. -- Omer Bartov, Brown University, author of Erased: Vanishing Traces of Jewish Galicia in Present-Day Ukraine

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