Review from previous edition one of the most impressive works of scholarship that I have read for a long time...Blending daunting erudition, lucid prose and a sensitive feel for his subject...it is a disturbing and an important book which should be read by anyone concerned with the fate of the ordinary man in the twentieth century Books of the Year, History Today Professor Kershaw again demonstrates the qualities which make him one of the leading British historians of the Third Reich; the book is beautifully structured, elegantly written, painstakingly reasearched and full of sensitive judgements...this splendid bookrepresents a major contribution to our understanding of the Third Reich. EHR Lucid and refreshingly free from jargon, rich in fascinating new material, perceptive in analysis, balanced in judgement, and humane in spirit. TLS Ian Kershaw has written what ought to become a standard work on the relations between the people and the Nazi regime. Times Higher Educational Supplement
Now updated with a new introduction and bibliography Ian Kershaw's classic study of popular responses to Nazi policy and ideology explores the political mentality of 'ordinary Germans' in one part of Hitler's Reich. Basing his account on many unpublished sources, the author analyses socio-economic discontent and the popular reaction to the anti-Church and anti-Jewish policies of the Nazis, and reveals the bitter divisions and dissent of everyday reality in the Third Reich, in stark contrast to the propaganda image of a 'National Community' united behind its leaders. The focus on one particular region makes possible a depth of analysis that takes full account of local and social variations, and avoids easy generalization; but the findings of this study of ordinary behaviour in a police state have implications extending far beyond the confines of Bavaria or indeed Germany in this period.