Germany 1945 by Richard Bessel
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“Fascinating….Bessel does an excellent job of evoking the blasted landscape of a conquered Germany.”

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“A sober yet powerful account.”
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Authoritative and dramatic, Germany 1945 by distinguished British historian Richard Bessel is groundbreaking history that brilliantly explores the devastation and remarkable rebirth of Germany at the end of World War II. Called “a masterly account by a first rate historian,” by Ian Kershaw (Hitler), Germany 1945 is sure to become the definitive work on the subject.


About Richard Bessel

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Richard Bessel is a professor of twentieth-century history at the University of York and the author of Nazism and War.
Published January 1, 2009 by Simon & Schuster. 544 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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It is difficult to feel much pity for the doctrinaire Nazis among those dead and wounded, but it is easy to gauge the desperation of their cause as the Red Army threw division after division against the Wehrmacht—indeed, so desperate were they that, in what will come as news to readers who forget...

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The profound insecurity felt by millions of Germans — reduced to camping out in ­ruined train stations, chasing black-­market food and using cigarettes as currency — led to a craving for order: not the Nazis’ kind, with its promises of glory and adventure, but something that would give them a hom...

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But Kershaw has given it the full narrative treatment, taking us from the aftermath of the failed bomb plot of 20 July 1944 through the German counterattack in the Ardennes, the collapse of the eastern front and the siege of Berlin, to the final scenes in the bunker and the surrender of Germany i...

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Although Bessel is persuasive that the events of 1945 tore the German social fabric, the richness of the account could be increased by considering both the ways in which social class reasserted itself in West Germany after 1945 and the longer-term factors that had worked to reshape German society...

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