History of Germany Reading List

History of Pre-Unification Germany

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History of the Holy Roman Empire

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History of Germany – Imperial Period – Second Reich

  • The Continuities of German History: Nation, Religion, and Race across the Long Nineteenth Century by Helmut Walser Smith
  • Shattered Past: Reconstructing German Histories by Konrad H. Jarausch
  • The Peculiarities of German History: Bourgeois Society and Politics in Nineteenth-Century Germany by David Blackbourn and Geoff Eley
  • History of Germany, 1780-1918: The Long Nineteenth Century by David Blackbourn
  • Frederick the Great by Nancy Mitford
  • Frederick the Great: A Military History by Dennis Showalter
  • Berlin: Portrait of a City Through the Centuries by Rory MacLean
  • The Franco-Prussian War: The German Conquest of France in 1870-1871 by Geoffrey Wawro
  • Imperial Germany – by James Retallack
  • Imperial Germany 1871-1918 by Volker Rolf Berghahn
  • Imperial Germany 1867-1918: Politics, Culture, and Society in an Authoritarian State by Wolfgang J. Mommsen
  • A History of Prussia by H.w Koch
  • The Vanished Kingdom: Travels Through The History Of Prussia by James Charles Roy
  • Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600-1947 by Christopher Clark
  • The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 by Christopher Clark
  • Bismarck and the German Empire by Erich Eyck
  • Bismarck: A Life by Jonathan Steinberg
  • The Politics of the Prussian Army: 1640-1945 by Gordon A. Craig
  • Genocide in German South-West Africa: The Colonial War of 1904-1908 and Its Aftermath by Jurgen Zimmerer and Joachim Zeller
  • German History in Modern Times: Four Lives of the Nation by William W. Hagen

History of the Weimar Republic

  • The Coming of the Third Reich – by Richard Evans
  • Weimar Germany – by Anthony McElligott
  • Rethinking the Weimar Republic: Authority and Authoritarianism, 1916-1936 by Anthony McElligott
  • The Death of Democracy: Hitler’s Rise to Power and the Downfall of the Weimar Republic by Benjamin Carter Hett
  • Weirmar Germany: Promise and Traggedy – by Eric Weitz
  • Before the Deluge: A Portrait of Berlin in the 1920s by Otto Friedrich
  • Contested City: Municipal Politics and the Rise of Nazism in Altona, 1917-1937 by Anthony McElligott
  • Weimar Radicals: Nazis and Communists Between Authenticity and Performance by Timothy S. Brown
  • Weimar Culture: The Outsider as Insider by Peter Gay
  • Weimar Thought: A Contested Legacy by Peter E. Gordon
  • The German Right in the Weimar Republic: Studies in the History of German Conservatism, Nationalism, and Antisemitism by Larry Eugene Jones (Editor)
  • Political Violence in the Weimar Republic, 1918-1933: Fight for the Streets and Fear of Civil War by Dirk Schumann
  • Antisemitism in the German Military Community and the Jewish Response, 1914-1938 by Brian E. Crim
  • Culture and Inflation in Weimar Germany by Bernd Widdig
  • When Money Dies: The Nightmare of Deficit Spending, Devaluation, and Hyperinflation in Weimar Germany by Adam Fergusson
  • The Downfall of Money – Frederick Taylor
  • The Weimar Republic: The Crisis of Classical Modernity by Detlev J. K. Peukert
  • Confronting Hitler: German Social Democrats in Defense of the Weimar Republic, 1929-1933 by William Smaldone
  • The Nazi Voter: The Social Foundations of Fascism in Germany, 1919-1933 by Thomas Childers
  • Heinrich Bruning and the Dissolution of the Weimar Republic by William L. Patch Jr Jr
  • Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity by Robert Beachy
  • The Great Disorder: Politics, Economics, and Society in the German Inflation, 1914-1924 by Gerald D. Feldman
  • Recasting Bourgeois Europe: Stabilization in France, Germany, and Italy in the Decade after World War I by Charles S. Maier
  • The German Slump: Politics and Economics 1924-1936 by Harold James
  • Weimar and the Rise of Hitler by A. J. Nicholls
  • Winning Women’s Votes: Propaganda and Politics in Weimar Germany by Julia Sneeringer
  • Women in the Weimar Republic by Helen Boak
  • German Liberalism and the Dissolution of the Weimar Party System, 1918-1933 by Larry Eugene Jones
  • Before the Deluge: A Portrait of Berlin in the 1920s by Otto Friedrich

History of Germany – Nazi Period – Third Reich

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  1. The Coming of the Third Reich – by Richard Evans
  2. The Third Reich in Power – by Richard Evans
  3. The Third Reich at War – by Richard Evans
  4. A Brief History of the Third Reich by Martyn Whittock
  5. The Third Reich: A New History by Michael Burleigh
  6. Life and Death in the Third Reich – by Peter Fritzsche
  7. Backing Hitler: Consent and Coercion in Nazi Germany by Robert Gellately
  8. Fighters in the Shadows: A New History of the French Resistance by Robert Gildea
  9. The Nazi Party 1919-1945: A Complete History by Dietrich Orlow
  10. The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy by Adam Tooze
  11. The Racial State: Germany 1933-1945 by Michael Burleigh
  12. Atlas of Nazi Germany by Michael Freeman, Jayne Lewin and Tim Mason
  13. Hitler and the Power of Aesthetics by Frederic Spotts
  14. The German War: A Nation Under Arms, 1939–1945 by Nicholas Stargardt
  15. Ordinary Men by Christopher R. Browning: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland
  16. An Army of Evil – by Adrian Weale
  17. Hitler’s Compromises: Coercion and Consensus in Nazi Germany by Nathan Stoltzfus
  18. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich – by William L. Shirer
  19. Hitler’s Beneficiaries: Plunder, Racial War, and the Nazi Welfare State by Götz Aly
  20. 1938: Hitler’s Gamble by Giles MacDonogh
  21. After the Reich by Giles MacDonogh
  22. Hitler’s Rise to Power: The Nazi Movement in Bavaria 1923-33 by Geoffrey Pridham
  23. The SS: A History 1919 to 1945 by Robert Koehl
  24. The Nazi Party: A Social Profile of Members and Leaders 1919-1945 by Michael H Kater
  25. The Gestapo – by Jacques Delarus
  26. General Motors and the Nazis: The Struggle for Control of Opel, Europe’s Biggest Carmaker by Henry Ashby Turner Jr.
  27. The Nazi Seizure of Power: The Experience of a Single German Town, 1922-1945 by William Sheridan Allen
  28. Jewish Forced Labor Under the Nazis: Economic Needs and Racial Aims, 1938-1944 by Wolf Gruner
  29. Hitler, the Germans and the Final Solution by Ian Kershaw
  30. The Face Of The Third Reich: Portraits Of The Nazi Leadership by Joachim E. Fest
  31. Art As Politics in the Third Reich by Jonathan Petropoulos
  32. Hitler and the Nazi Cult of Film and Fame by Michael Munn
  33. The Faustian Bargain: The Art World in Nazi Germany by Jonathan Petropoulos
  34. The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe’s Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War by Lynn H. Nicholas
  35. Rescuing Da Vinci: Hitler and the Nazis Stole Europe’s Great Art by Robert M. Edsel
  36. The Third Reich by Richard Overy
  37. Germany, Hitler, and World War II: Essays in Modern German and World History by Gerhard L. Weinberg
  38. Germans into Nazis by Peter Fritzsche
  39. Kristallnacht 1938 by Alan E. Steinweis
  40. The Jewish Enemy: Nazi Propaganda during World War II and the Holocaust by Jeffrey Herf
  41. State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda by Susan Bachrach and Steven Luckert
  42. Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World by Jeffrey Herf
  43. The Third Reich: Politics and Propaganda by David Welch
  44. The Holy Reich: Nazi Conceptions of Christianity by Richard Steigmann-Gall
  45. Twisted Cross: The German Christian Movement in the Third Reich by Doris L. Bergen
  46. Hitler’s Charisma: Leading Millions into the Abyss by Laurence Rees
  47. The Third Reich: Charisma and Community by Martin Kitchen
  48. Hitler’s Empire: How the Nazis Ruled Europe by Mark Mazower
  49. Hitler’s Thirty Days to Power: January 1933 by Henry Ashby Turner Jr.
  50. Inside Hitler’s High Command by Geoffrey P. Megargee
  51. The Setting of the Pearl: Vienna under Hitler by Thomas Weyr
  52. Industry and Ideology: I. G. Farben in the Nazi Era by Peter Hayes
  53. The Fateful Alliance: German Conservatives and Nazis in 1933: The Machtergreifung in a New Light by Hermann Beck
  54. The Gestapo and German Society: Enforcing Racial Policy 1933-1945 by Robert Gellately
  55. Nazi Foreign Policy, 1933-1941: The Road to Global War by Christian Leitz
  56. Social Policy in the Third Reich: The Working Class and the ‘National Community’, 1918-1939 by Tim Mason
  57. Nazism, Fascism and the Working Class by Timothy W. Mason
  58. War and Economy in the Third Reich by R. J. Overy
  59. Soldiers of Destruction: The SS by Charles W. Sydnor Jr.
  60. The Order of the Death’s Head: The Story of Hitler’s SS by Heinz Zollin Höhne
  61. The Devil’s Disciples: Hitler’s Inner Circle by Anthony Read
  62. Occupied Economies: An Economic History of Nazi-Occupied Europe, 1939-1945 by Hein A.M. Klemann and Sergei Kudryashov
  63. The Nazi Economic Recovery 1932-1938 by R. J. Overy
  64. Believe and Destroy: Intellectuals in the SS War Machine by Christian Ingrao
  65. The Nuremberg Trial by Ann Tusa and John Tusa
  66. Jewish Life in Nazi Germany: Dilemmas and Responses by Francis R. Nicosia and David Scrase
  67. Foundations of the Nazi Police State: The Formation of Sipo and SD by George Browder
  68. Crying Hands: Eugenics and Deaf People in Nazi Germany by Horst Biesold
  69. Witnesses of War: Children’s Lives Under the Nazis by Nicholas Stargardt
  70. Cruel World: The Children of Europe in the Nazi Web by Lynn H. Nicholas
  71. My Father’s Keeper: Children of Nazi Leaders by Stephan Lebert and Norbert Lebert
  72. Children with a Star: Jewish Youth in Nazi Europe by Deborah Dwork
  73. Berlin at War by Roger Moorhouse
  74. Nazi Empire: German Colonialism and Imperialism from Bismarck to Hitler by Shelley Baranowski
  75. Between Dignity and Despair: Jewish Life in Nazi Germany by Marion A. Kaplan
  76. Strength through Joy: Consumerism and Mass Tourism in the Third Reich by Shelley Baranowski
  77. Creating the Nazi Marketplace: Commerce and Consumption in the Third Reich by S. Jonathan Wiesen
  78. Hitler Youth by Michael H. Kater
  79. The Nazi Persecution of the Gypsies by Guenter Lewy
  80. Chasing Gold: The Incredible Story of How the Nazis Stole Europe’s Bullion by George M. Taber
  81. Hitler’s Army: Soldiers, Nazis, and War in the Third Reich by Omer Bartov
  82. The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide by Robert Jay Lifton
  83. Racial Hygiene: Medicine Under the Nazis by Robert Proctor
  84. Doctors Under Hitler by Michael H. Kater
  85. The Nazi Dictatorship: Problems and Perspectives of Interpretation by Ian Kershaw
  86. Karl Brandt: The Nazi Doctor: Medicine and Power in the Third Reich by Ulf Schmidt
  87. Cleansing the Fatherland: Nazi Medicine and Racial Hygiene by Götz Aly, Peter Chroust, Christian Pross
  88. Berlin Games: How the Nazis Stole the Olympic Dream by Guy Walters
  89. Nazi Games: The Olympics of 1936 by David Clay Large
  90. Selling under the Swastika: Advertising and Commercial Culture in Nazi Germany by Pamela Swett
  91. Hitler’s Shadow Empire by Pierpaolo Barbieri
  92. Art, Ideology, and Economics in Nazi Germany: The Reich Chambers of Music, Theater, and the Visual Arts by Alan E. Steinweis
  93. The Deutsche Bank and the Nazi Economic War against the Jews: The Expropriation of Jewish-Owned Property by Harold James
  94. The Nazi Dictatorship and the Deutsche Bank by Harold James
  95. Krupp: A History of the Legendary German Firm by Harold James
  96. Hell’s Cartel: IG Farben and the Making of Hitler’s War Machine by Diarmuid Jeffreys
  97. Nazi Nexus: America’s Corporate Connections to Hitler’s Holocaust by Edwin Black
  98. Art As Politics in the Third Reich by Jonathan Petropoulos
  99. The Law in Nazi Germany: Ideology, Opportunism, and the Perversion of Justice by Alan E. Steinweis and Robert D. Rachlin
  100. Medicine and Medical Ethics in Nazi Germany: Origins, Practices, Legacies by Francis R. Nicosia and Jonathan Huener
  101. Business and Industry in Nazi Germany by Francis R. Nicosia and Jonathan Huener
  102. The Germans and the Holocaust: Popular Responses to the Persecution and Murder of the Jews by Susanna Schrafstetter and Alan E. Steinweis
  103. The Arts in Nazi Germany: Continuity, Conformity, Change by Jonathan Huener
  104. Women in Nazi Germany by Jill Stephenson
  105. Under the Bombs: The German Home Front, 1942-1945 by Earl R. Beck
  106. Nazism and German Society, 1933-1945 by David Crew (Editor)
  107. A Hitler Youth in Poland: The Nazi Children’s Evacuation Program During World War II by Jost Hermand
  108. The Ministry of Illusion: Nazi Cinema and Its Afterlife by Eric Rentschler
  109. A Small Town Near Auschwitz: Ordinary Nazis and the Holocaust by Mary Fulbrook
  110. To Hell and Back: Europe 1914-1949 by Ian Kershaw
  111. The German War: A Nation Under Arms, 1939–1945 by Nicholas Stargardt
  112. The Nazi Germany Sourcebook: An Anthology of Texts by Roderick Stackelberg, Sally A. Winkle (Editors)
  113. The Third Reich Sourcebook by Anson Rabinbach and Sander L. Gilman
  114. Nazism by Neil Gregor (Editor)
  115. Nazism and German Society, 1933-1945 by David Crew (Editor)
  116. German History in Modern Times: Four Lives of the Nation by William W. Hagen
  117. The Penguin Historical Atlas of the Third Reich by Richard Overy
  118. The Dictators: Hitler’s Germany, Stalin’s Russia by Richard Overy
  119. Networks of Nazi Persecution: Bureaucracy, Business and the Organization of the Holocaust by Gerald D. Feldman† (Editor), Wolfgang Seibel (Editor)
  120. The Architecture of Oppression: The SS, Forced Labor and the Nazi Monumental Building Economy by Paul B. Jaskot
  121. Stormtroopers (RLE Nazi Germany & Holocaust): A Social, Economic and Ideological Analysis 1929-35 by Conan Fischer
  122. To Walk with the Devil: Slovene Collaboration and Axis Occupation, 1941-1945 by Gregor J. Kranjc
  123. The Farhud: Roots of the Arab-Nazi Alliance in the Holocaust by Edwin Black
  124. The Social Bases of Nazism, 1919-1933 by Detlef Mühlberger
  125. Hitler’s Voice – The Völkischer Beobachter (Two Volumes) by Detlef Mühlberger
  126. Harmful and Undesirable: Book Censorship in Nazi Germany by Guenter Lewy
  127. The Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany by Thomas Childers
  128. Germans into Jews: Remaking the Jewish Social Body in the Weimar Republic by Sharon Gillerman
  129. A French Slave in Nazi Germany: A Testimony by Elie Poulard and Jean V. Poulard
  130. The Winter Fortress: The Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler’s Atomic Bomb by Neal Bascomb

ECONOMIC HISTORIES OF GERMANY AND OCCUPIED EUROPE

  1. The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy by Adam Tooze
  2. War and Economy in the Third Reich by R. J. Overy
  3. Hitler’s Beneficiaries: Plunder, Racial War, and the Nazi Welfare State by Götz Aly
  4. Creating the Nazi Marketplace: Commerce and Consumption in the Third Reich by S. Jonathan Wiesen
  5. The Nazi Economic Recovery 1932-1938 by R. J. Overy
  6. West German Industry and the Challenge of the Nazi Past, 1945-1955 by S. Jonathan Wiesen
  7. Opting for Oil: The Political Economy of Technological Change in the West German Industry, 1945-1961 by Raymond G. Stokes
  8. Occupied Economies: An Economic History of Nazi-Occupied Europe, 1939-1945 by Hein A.M. Klemann and Sergei Kudryashov
  9. Industry and Ideology: I. G. Farben in the Nazi Era by Peter Hayes
  10. The Arms of Krupp: The Rise and Fall of the Industrial Dynasty That Armed Germany at War by William Manchester
  11. Chasing Gold: The Incredible Story of How the Nazis Stole Europe’s Bullion by George M. Taber
  12. Jewish Forced Labor Under the Nazis: Economic Needs and Racial Aims, 1938-1944 by Wolf Gruner
  13. Economies under Occupation: The hegemony of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan in World War II by Marcel Boldorf (Editor), Tetsuji Okazaki (Editor)
  14. Selling under the Swastika: Advertising and Commercial Culture in Nazi Germany by Pamela Swett
  15. The Politics of Industrial Collaboration during World War II: Ford France, Vichy and Nazi Germany by Martin Horn and Talbot Imlay
  16. The Deutsche Bank and the Nazi Economic War against the Jews: The Expropriation of Jewish-Owned Property by Harold James
  17. Business and Industry in Nazi Germany by Francis R. Nicosia and Jonathan Huener
  18. Feeding the German Eagle: Soviet Economic Aid to Nazi Germany, 1933-1941 by Edward E. Ericson

 

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