The Hitler Conspiracies

The Third Reich and the Paranoid Imagination

The Hitler Conspiracies

Evans, Richard J.

Editorial Penguin Books Ltd
Fecha de edición junio 2021 · Edición nº 1

Idioma inglés

EAN 9780141991498
288 páginas
Libro encuadernado en tapa blanda
Dimensiones 129 mm x 198 mm


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Resumen del libro

The idea that nothing happens by chance in history, that nothing is quite what it seems to be at first sight, that everything that occurs is the result of the secret machinations of malign groups of people manipulating everything from behind the scenes is as old as history itself. But conspiracy theories are becoming more popular and more widespread in the twenty-first century. Nowhere have they become more obvious than in revisionist accounts of the history of the Third Reich.

Long-discredited conspiracy theories have taken on a new lease of life, given credence by claims of freshly discovered evidence and novel angles of investigation. This book takes five widely discussed claims involving Hitler and the Nazis and subjects them to forensic scrutiny: that the Jews were conspiring to undermine civilization, as outlined in 'The Protocols of the Elders of Zion'; that the German army was 'stabbed in the back' by socialists and Jews in 1918; that the Nazis burned down the Reichstag in order to seize power; that Rudolf Hess' flight to the UK in 1941 was sanctioned by Hitler and conveyed peace terms suppressed by Churchill; and that Hitler escaped the bunker in 1945 and fled to South America. In doing so, it teases out some surprising features these, and other conspiracy theories, have in common.

This is a history book, but it is a history book for the age of 'post-truth' and 'alternative facts': a book for our own troubled times.

Biografía del autor

Richard J. Evans (Londres, 1947) es uno de los especialistas más destacados en la historia de la Alemania moderna. De 1989 a 1998 fue profesor de Historia en el Birkbeck College de la Universidad de Londres y entre 1998 y 2014, profesor de Historia Moderna en la Universidad de Cambridge. En 1994 recibió la Medalla de Hamburgo del Arte y la Ciencia por servicios culturales a la ciudad. Entre sus libros destacan The Feminist Movement in Germany (1894-1933), Death in Hamburg (que ganó el Premio Literario Wolfson de Historia), In Hitler's Shadow, Rituals of Retribution (Premio Frenkel de Historia Contemporánea),In Defense of History(traducido a ocho lenguas),Telling Lies about Hitlery la presente trilogía sobre el nazismo, finalista del Los Angeles Times Book Prize.




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