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A History of Hitler's Empire, 2nd Edition

Investigate how history's greatest monster rose to power in a highly-educated, industrially developed country in this course taught by an Ivy League professor of History.
A History of Hitler's Empire, 2nd Edition is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 265.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent course! This is a fascinating and really, really good lecture series. I've listened to it about three times already and learned a ton from it and will listen to it more. I'm assuming he has all his facts straight, there is probably always some little detail that is actually a little different than what is taught, but overall it's a great course. I wish there was a way everyone could listen to this, especially in today's environment as we forget the evil that is out there and what can happen if we're not paying attention, and also the techniques power-hungry people use to get power, keep power, and oppress people. Very important if we want to stay free.
Date published: 2022-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Sobering lesson for Democracy This course was excellent; I have done an undergraduate degree in history and have a special interest in nationalism but still learnt a wealth of information about the social, economic, and political background of Hitler's Germany. That is, the how, who, where, and what is interesting, but the WHY is key.
Date published: 2022-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Genuine Wowser! I purchased the audio version, and listened to it while painting my house. I am a history buff, and I found the course fascinating. The professor is obviously very knowledgeable. The audio version is sufficient; there were only a couple of times through the entire course that I wished I had video.
Date published: 2021-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great start, rushed finish Overall, I enjoyed this course. However, the first three-quarters are vastly superior to the last quarter. The strength of the course lies in the explanation of how Hitler was able to come to power and create the Third Reich. From there, it is rushed. Although there are other WW2 courses here that discuss the was itself, it felt like it had all been skimmed over compared to the pre-war period. I also felt like a lot more time could obviously have been given to the Holocaust. I think this series is worthwhile and I'm glad I took it, but I think there is much more learning to be done.
Date published: 2021-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Only the best! This is a great course. 12 lectures that capture the essence of Hitler's control. Recommended for any lover of history.
Date published: 2021-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Accurate Excellent, brief review of another example of man's inhumanity to man with some of the reasoning for the creation of such a disaster which, unfortunately, won't keep it from happening again as it already has, e.g. Syria. The professor does way too much stammering, but for some reason, I didn't find the vocalizations that off putting.
Date published: 2021-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Let us always remember the history of Nazism I was very impressed by the professor's knowledge of the subject and how he expressed the enormity of the consequences of radical ideology.
Date published: 2021-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Course But.... I learned so much from this course. The instructor was very knowledgeable. Once I could concentrate to get past all his ummmms and ahhhhs, I was able to absorb a lot more of the content. Too bad it could not have been edited out at the recording of the course.
Date published: 2021-05-18
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Overview

This course, graphic at times, helps you solve the puzzle of Hitler's rise to power in a highly-educated, industrially developed country. Professor Childers meticulously investigates the roots of Nazi support, bringing you back to the disastrous Treaty of Versailles that ended World War I and taking you through the horrifying details of Hitler's ideology and the holocaust.

About

Thomas Childers

Facts don't change, but we do, and our perspective on them changes. We learn new things, and as a result of this, it is necessary to reevaluate ... what we have known and how it looks different to us at this particular point.

INSTITUTION

University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Thomas Childers is Sheldon and Lucy Hackney Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has been teaching for over 25 years. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Tennessee and his Ph.D. in History from Harvard University.

Professor Childers has held visiting professorships at Trinity Hall College, Cambridge, Smith College, and Swarthmore College. He is a popular lecturer abroad as well, in London, Oxford, Berlin, and Munich.

Professor Childers has won several teaching awards, including the Ira T. Abrahms Award for Distinguished Teaching and Challenging Teaching in the Arts and Sciences, the Richard S. Dunn Award for Distinguished Teaching in History, and the Senior Class Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

Professor Childers is the author and editor of several books on modern German history and the Second World War. He is currently completing a trilogy on the Second World War. The first volume, Wings of Morning: The Story of the Last American Bomber Shot Down over Germany in World War II, was praised by Jonathan Yardley in The Washington Post as "a powerful and unselfconsciously beautiful book."

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

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The Third Reich, Hitler, and the 20th Century

01: The Third Reich, Hitler, and the 20th Century

Why is it important to study the Nazi movement? What was it about the political context of post-WWI Europe and Germany that allowed an extremist group which, at its start, had just a handful of members, to take over the country in less than 15 years' time?

32 min
The First World War and Its Legacy

02: The First World War and Its Legacy

After suffering terrible losses and hearing constantly from their rulers that they would win, Germans-and none more so than a wounded Austrian-born volunteer soldier named Adolf Hitler-were shocked by the Armistice of 1918 and the harsh Versailles Treaty that followed.

31 min
The Weimar Republic and the Rise of the Nazi Party

03: The Weimar Republic and the Rise of the Nazi Party

Examine the problems that beset Germany's new democratic government after WWI, and trace the origins of the tiny National Socialist party and Hitler's emergence as its leader between 1919 and the "Beer Hall Putsch" of November 1923.

31 min
The Twenties and the Great Depression

04: The Twenties and the Great Depression

The late '20s were politically quiet but economically harsh years for Germany. The Nazi party focused on winning members and votes but remained stuck on the fringe of German politics.

31 min
The Nazi Breakthrough

05: The Nazi Breakthrough

The economic crisis from 1929 to 1932 enabled Nazism to thrust itself into the mainstream. Using a revolutionary strategy of perpetual campaigning and other new techniques, the Nazis became Germany's largest political party with 38 percent of the vote.

31 min
Hitler's Assumption of Power

06: Hitler's Assumption of Power

The November 1932 elections showed signs that the Nazi voter coalition was unraveling. How, then, did Hitler get appointed chancellor in early 1933? How did he consolidate the bases of Nazi power once in office?

31 min
Racial Policy and the Totalitarian State

07: Racial Policy and the Totalitarian State

The events of the first two years after Hitler took power can be seen as the prelude to worse terrors to come, this time aimed not at possible political opponents, but at those considered to be racial or social "undesirables."

32 min
Hitler's Foreign Policy

08: Hitler's Foreign Policy

Why is it not enough to think of Hitler simply as a "madman bent on world domination"? What were his aims and strategy, and how did they drive the world rapidly toward global war?

32 min
Munich and the Triumph of National Socialism

09: Munich and the Triumph of National Socialism

This lecture covers the stunning advance of the Nazi regime beginning with the Munich Agreement of 1938. Hitler swallowed Czechoslovakia, signed a cynical pact with Stalin, invaded Poland, and stood on the verge of becoming master of the European continent.

31 min
War in the West, War in the East

10: War in the West, War in the East

To Hitler, the brutal war against the "Judeo-Bolshevik" Soviet Union, unleashed on June 22, 1941, was always the main event. On his western flank, however, Churchill's Britain remained unbroken and defiant, and America was slowly coming to her aid.

31 min
Holocaust-Hitler's War Against the Jews

11: Holocaust-Hitler's War Against the Jews

Between 1939 and 1942, the Nazis pursued several options regarding what they called "the Jewish question." In late 1941, they finally opted for what they called "the final solution." It called for mass murder hidden behind a program of fictive "resettlement in the east."

31 min
The Final Solution

12: The Final Solution

Here you examine the later stages of the Nazi murder campaign, asking also what the Allies knew and what they did. The lecture and the course close with the final destruction of the Third Reich, and a reflection on the lessons to be drawn from this chapter in what Churchill called "the dark and lamentable catalogue of human crime."

36 min