Sunday, March 18, 2012

2011 edition of Shirer's Nazi Germany history

There is now a new edition ('50th anniversary') of American journalist William 'L. Shirer's The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich : A History of Nazi Germany ('New York, Simon & Schuster, 2011'). It is now evident that the peoples of the USSR (1917-1991) and its Red Army sacrificed the most in the military campaigns against Adolf Hitler''s Third Reich. The rapid emergence of Nazi ideas and forces in Germany in Europe's interwar period ('1919'-'1939') was a chapter in world history that still offers critical themes for the study of modern international relations. In 1939, Britain's ex-diplomat, historian and theorist of international relations Edward Hallett Carr (1892-1982) published a still instructive book The Twenty Years' Crisis, 1919-1939 which summed up what he thought to be the major lessons from that episod in Europe''s history.