The German Dictatorship: The Origins, Structure and Effects of National Socialism (3rd Edition)

Author(s): Karl Dietrich Bracher

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"There have been many studies of National Socialism published since the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945. None, however, has satisfactorily explained why the Weimar Republic failed, how Hitler succeeded in taking power, and whether National Socialism has been truly defeated or survives in Germany today.


In his search for the answers to these questions, Karl Dietrich Bracher has written what has already been acclaimed as a masterpiece of historical and political analysis, the most comprehensive and illuminating study of National Socialism to appear to date."

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Karl Dietrich Bracher was a German political scientist and historian of the Weimar Republic and Nazi Germany.


Born in Stuttgart, he served in the Wehrmacht during World War II and was captured by the Americans while serving in Tunisia in 1943.


He was then held as a POW in Camp Concordia, Kansas. He was awarded a Ph.D. in the Classics by the University of Tübingen in 1948 and subsequently studied at Harvard University from 1949 to 1950.


During World War II, Bracher taught at the Free University of Berlin from 1950 to 1958 and at the University of Bonn, where he was a professor of politics and contemporary history from 1959 to 1987. Bracher married Dorothee Schleicher, the niece of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

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