Why Did the Heavens Not Darken?: The "final Solution" in History

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Pantheon Books, 1990 - History - 508 pages
This major work presents a radically new view of the origins of the Nazi slaughter of the Jews. Mayer argues that though Hitler was always viciously anti-Semitic, the genocide was not part of his plan from the start. Instead, it was triggered when the Nazi's massive campaign against Russia began to founder. Mayer places what Hitler called "the Final Solution" in historical context, examining both the prewar political situation in Europe that made it possible, and some analogous, if much less horrific, events in the distant past. The result is an important and provocative new answer to one of the most pressing questions facing historians today: How could such an enormity have come to pass?

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Contents

Historical Signposts
3
THE GOLDEN AGE
39
THE EAST EUROPEAN RIMLAND
64
Copyright

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Arno J. Mayer is Professor of History Emeritus at Princeton University. He is best known for his last two books: "The Persistence of the Old Regime" and "Why Did the Heavens Not Darken?: The "Final Solution" in History." He is also the author of "Political Origins of the New Diplomacy and Politics and Diplomacy of Peacemaking.

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