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Kershaw, Ian

Works: 281 works in 1,102 publications in 11 languages and 28,122 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Personal narratives  Conference proceedings  Interviews  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author of introduction, Compiler, Editor, Creator, Honoree, Performer, Other
Classifications: DD247.H5, 943.086092
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Hitler by Ian Kershaw ( Book )
94 editions published between 1991 and 2010 in 8 languages and held by 3,979 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Hailed as the most compelling biography of the German dictator yet written, Ian Kershaw's Hitler brings us closer than ever before to the heart of its subject's immense darkness. From his illegitimate birth in a small Austrian village to his fiery death in a bunker under the Reich chancellery in Berlin, Adolf Hitler left a murky trail, strewn with contradictory tales and overgrown with self-created myths. One truth prevails: the sheer scale of the evils that he unleashed on the world has made him a demonic figure without equal in this century. Ian Kershaw's Hitler brings us closer than ever before to the character of the bizarre misfit in his thirty-year ascent from a Viennese shelter for the indigent to uncontested rule over the German nation that had tried and rejected democracy in the crippling aftermath of World War I. With extraordinary vividness, Kershaw recreates the settings that made Hitler's rise possible: the virulent anti-Semitism of prewar Vienna, the crucible of a war with immense casualties, the toxic nationalism that gripped Bavaria in the 1920s, the undermining of the Weimar Republic by extremists of the Right and the Left, the hysteria that accompanied Hitler's seizure of power in 1933 and then mounted in brutal attacks by his storm troopers on Jews and others condemned as enemies of the Aryan race. In an account drawing on many previously untapped sources, Hitler metamorphoses from an obscure fantasist, a 'drummer' sounding an insistent beat of hatred in Munich beer halls, to the instigator of an infamous failed putsch and, ultimately, to the leadership of a ragtag alliance of right-wing parties fused into a movement that enthralled the German people. This volume, the first of two, ends with the promulgation of the infamous Nuremberg laws that pushed German Jews to the outer fringes of society, and with the march of the German army into the Rhineland, Hitler's initial move toward the abyss of war" --
Hitler, 1936-45 : nemesis by Ian Kershaw ( Book )
32 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and German and held by 2,682 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Drawing on many previously unutilized sources, Kershaw describes the Draconian measures taken by Hitler's henchmen -- Himmler, Goebbels, Goring, Bormann, and others -- to tighten the Nazi grip on the home front without significant resistance from the German people. In the Fuhrer's name, Gestapo and SS leaders orchestrate and carry out the persecutions that lead to the death camps of the Holocaust." "After the D-Day invasion and a steady stream of defeats on the Eastern Front, Hitler is virtually alone in insisting that victory is still possible. When Hitler asserts that his survival after an assassination attempt by German officers on July 20, 1944, "is a sign of Providence that I must continue my work," Kershaw depicts a beleaguered fanatic prepared to leave his country in ruins. Ten months later, while his shattered forces desperately attempt to stave off the Russian onslaught on Berlin, Hitler spends his final days, chillingly documented here, in a bunker under the city until he ends his life with a pistol shot to his head." "Throughout this masterful account, Kershaw never loses sight of the German people and their massive support for Hitler and the Nazi regime. "Decades would not fully erase," he observes, "the simple but compelling sentiment painted in huge letters" in Munich shortly after the surrender to the Allies: "I am ashamed to be a German." Book jacket."--BOOK JACKET
Hitler, the Germans, and the final solution by Ian Kershaw ( Book )
23 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 2,259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This volume presents a comprehensive, multifaceted picture both of the destructive dynamic of the Nazi leadership and of the attitudes and behavior of ordinary Germans as the persecution of the Jews spiraled into total genocide
The Nazi dictatorship : problems and perspectives of interpretation by Ian Kershaw ( Book )
57 editions published between 1985 and 2012 in English and German and held by 2,047 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"As an exploration of the interpretational issues that eddy around the Third Reich, Ian Kershaw's Nazi Dictatorship has become a classic account. But if its core remains unchanged, its contents must necessarily reflect both new public controversies and the onrush of fresh research. In the forth edition there are many changes of detail to accommodate this need and substantial rewritings of two chapters. No subject among those dealt with in earlier editions has been the subject of such intensive research - and bringing such rapidly changing interpretations - as 'Hitler and the Jews' and, accordingly, that chapter has been considerably changed. The book's final chapter has also undergone significant revision, to take account of the 'Goldhagen phenomenon', and also to glance back over the changing trends of research on the Third Reich as, with the passing of the generations, Hitler and his regime themselves pass into history."--Jacket
Fateful choices : ten decisions that changed the world, 1940-1941 by Ian Kershaw ( Book )
24 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 2,003 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Reviews ten decisions made by six major leaders between May 1940 and December 1941 that reshaped human destiny, from Churchill's war cabinet's choice to continue fighting after the German blitzkrieg defeat of France to Hitler's attack on the Soviet Union
The end : the defiance and destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1944-1945 by Ian Kershaw ( Book )
9 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,698 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"From the preeminent Hitler biographer, a fascinating and original exploration of how the Third Reich was willing and able to fight to the bitter end of World War II. Countless books have been written about why Nazi Germany lost World War II, yet remarkably little attention has been paid to the equally vital question of how and why it was able to hold out as long as it did. The Third Reich did not surrender until Germany had been left in ruins and almost completely occupied. Even in the near-apocalyptic final months, when the war was plainly lost, the Nazis refused to sue for peace. Historically, this is extremely rare. Drawing on original testimony from ordinary Germans and arch-Nazis alike, award-winning historian Ian Kershaw explores this fascinating question in a gripping and focused narrative that begins with the failed bomb plot in July 1944 and ends with the German capitulation in May 1945. Hitler, desperate to avoid a repeat of the "disgraceful" German surrender in 1918, was of course critical to the Third Reich's fanatical determination, but his power was sustained only because those below him were unable, or unwilling, to challenge it. Even as the military situation grew increasingly hopeless, Wehrmacht generals fought on, their orders largely obeyed, and the regime continued its ruthless persecution of Jews, prisoners, and foreign workers. Beneath the hail of allied bombing, German society maintained some semblance of normalcy in the very last months of the war. The Berlin Philharmonic even performed on April 12, 1945, less than three weeks before Hitler's suicide. As Kershaw shows, the structure of Hitler's "charismatic rule" created a powerful negative bond between him and the Nazi leadership- they had no future without him, and so their fates were inextricably tied. Terror also helped the Third Reich maintain its grip on power as the regime began to wage war not only on its ideologically defined enemies but also on the German people themselves. Yet even as each month brought fresh horrors for civilians, popular support for the regime remained linked to a patriotic support of Germany and a terrible fear of the enemy closing in. Based on prodigious new research, Kershaw's The End is a harrowing yet enthralling portrait of the Third Reich in its last desperate gasps. "--
Hitler, 1889-1936 : hubris by Ian Kershaw ( Book )
93 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in 10 languages and held by 1,672 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This first book of a two-volume account of Hitler's domination of the German people brings readers closer than ever before to the character of the bizarre misfit
The "Hitler myth" : image and reality in the Third Reich by Ian Kershaw ( Book )
26 editions published between 1987 and 2001 in English and held by 1,308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Kershaw examines how the deification of 'the Fuhrer' and the Nazi's propaganda machine effectively solidified the Third Reich's hold on German culture from the 1920's to 1945
Auschwitz inside the Nazi state ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 1,198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"'Auschwitz: inside the Nazi state' is the result of three years of research, drawing on the close involvement of world experts, recently discovered documents and nearly 100 interviews with camp survivors and perpetrators, many of whom are speaking on the record for the first time. Their stories are brought to life through the innovative use of archive footage, dramatic recreations of key ... moments, and their ... testimony"--Container label
Popular opinion and political dissent in the Third Reich, Bavaria 1933-1945 by Ian Kershaw ( Book )
34 editions published between 1983 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 981 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Stalinism and Nazism : dictatorships in comparison by Moshe Lewin ( Book )
24 editions published between 1996 and 2005 in English and held by 750 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Making friends with Hitler : Lord Londonderry, the Nazis, and the road to war by Ian Kershaw ( Book )
6 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 684 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Charles Stewart Henry Vane-Tempest-Stewart, the 7th Marquess of Londonderry, was born to power and command. Scion of one of Britain's most aristocratic families, cousin of Churchill and confidant of the king, owner of vast coal fields and landed estates, married to the doyenne of London's social scene, Londonderry was an ornament to his class, the 0.1 percent of the population who still owned 30 percent of England's wealth as late as 1930. But history has not been kind to "Charley," as the king called him, because, in his own words, he "backed the wrong horse," and a very dark horse indeed: Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party. Londonderry was hardly the only British aristocrat to do so, but he was the only Cabinet member to do so, and it ruined him. In a final irony, his grand London house was bombed by the German Luftwaffe in the blitz." "Ian Kershaw is not out to rehabilitate Lord Londonderry but to understand him and to expose why he was made a scapegoat for views that were much more widely held than anyone now likes to think. Through the story of how Lord Londonderry came to be mixed up with the Nazis and how it all went horribly wrong for him, Ian Kershaw shows us that behind the familiar cartoon is a much more complicated and interesting reality, full of miscalculations on both sides, miscalculations that proved to be among the most fateful in history."--BOOK JACKET
The Nazis a warning from history by Laurence Rees ( Visual )
12 editions published between 1997 and 2005 in English and held by 620 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Use interviews with witnesses and perpetrators, along with archival film and records, to examine how a political party as fundamentally evil as the Nazis could come to power in a modern European nation. Discusses the factors that enabled the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party in the economically-devastated Germany of the post-World War I era and looks at the role of ordinary Germans in the Nazi regime. Follows the rise and fall of Nazi Germany, from its early promises through the atrocities and suffering of World War II. Includes segments focusing on the occupation of Poland and on the holocaust and concentration camps, particularly Treblinka
Weimar : why did German democracy fail? by Ian Kershaw ( Book )
9 editions published in 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bolton Priory; the economy of a northern monastery, 1286-1325 by Ian Kershaw ( Book )
9 editions published in 1973 in English and Undetermined and held by 399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The end : Hitler's Germany, 1944-45 by Ian Kershaw ( Book )
16 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The last months of the Second World War were a nightmarish time to be alive. This book describes these final months, from the failed attempt to assassinate Hitler in July 1944 to the German surrender in May 1945. It intends to answer the major question: what made Germany keep on fighting?
Hitler by Ian Kershaw ( Book )
51 editions published between 1999 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Biografie van de Duitse dictator Adolf Hitler (1887-1945)
Der NS-Staat : Geschichtsinterpretationen und Kontroversen im Überblick by Ian Kershaw ( Book )
30 editions published between 1988 and 2006 in German and held by 250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Überblick über die Literatur zum Thema Nationalsozialismus. Der Autor skizziert darüber hinaus das Bild der Gesellschaftsgeschichte in den 30er und 40er Jahren des 20. Jahrhunderts. Er stellt die verschiedenen Positionen der Forschung zu der Entstehung des Nationalsozialismus in Deutschland dar und geht auf Forschungskontroversen und den Stand der Wissenschaft Ende des 20. Jahrhunderts ein
Der Hitler-Mythos : Volksmeinung und Propaganda im Dritten Reich by Ian Kershaw ( Book )
6 editions published in 1980 in German and Undetermined and held by 243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Working towards the Führer : essays in honour of Sir Ian Kershaw ( Book )
7 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Covering issues such as the legacy of the World Wars, the female voter, propaganda, occupied lands, the judiciary, public opinion and resistance, this volume furthers the debate on how Nazi Germany operated. Gone are the post-war stereotypes--instead there is a more complex picture of the regime and its actions, one that shows the instability of the dictatorship, its dependence on a measure of consent as well as coercion
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Alternative Names
Kershaw, Ian, 1943-
Keršo, Jan 1943-
Kerushō, Ian 1943-
קרשו, איאן
קרשו, איאן 1943-
カーショー, イアン
ケルショー, イアン
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