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A Guide to Hitler's Munich (Paperback)

P&S History WWII > Hitler & the Third Reich

By Dr David Mathieson
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 208
Illustrations: 30
ISBN: 9781526766250
Published: 15th May 2020



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Munich is one of Europe's most enchanting cities. Exploring its narrow cobbled streets or wide sunlight boulevards with views of the Bavarian Alps is a delight. Each autumn, millions of revellers from around the world join locals in their legendary Octoberfest, one of the world’s biggest festivals.

Yet many visitors also know that Munich has a past so dark that it cast a looming shadow over the twentieth century: this was the city which played a unique role in the ascent of Nazism, the Third Reich and Adolf Hitler. It was in Munich that Hitler first entered the murky world of beer Keller politics after the First World War. It was here that he established the fanatical base of his NSDAP party so that the city was, in his words, ‘the capital of the movement’.

This illustrative new book explains how Munich and its surrounds became inextricably linked with the rise and fall of Nazism. It provides the modern reader with a detailed guide to what happened where in the city, why those events were important in the unfolding history of the Third Reich – and why they remain a timely warning today.

This book is an excellent guide to the events that played a vital role in the rise of Nazism and the Third Reich, and swiftly led into WWII. It neatly examines some principle aspects such as who Hitler was, why the Weimar Republic and the Treaty of Versailles, which impoverished Germany and so completely demoralised the Germans, were so causal to events in Munich... The book includes useful maps and an abundance of rare photographs to portray the rise of Hitler and his involvement with the city of Munich.

Dr Adrian Greaves

The book, written in a dry and exciting way by the historian Mathieson, expertly weaves the history of Nazism and Hitler who embodied it together with his hierarchs to describe the places in Munich where many of the founding events took place.

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On The Old Barbed Wire

This is a thought provoking book that sets Munich in perspective with Hitler and the NSDAP. The author describes how Munich became a focal point in the growth of the NSDAP under Adolf Hitler. – Highly Recommended.

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It's a fascinating look at the early years of the NSDAP in Munich.

The Armourer, February 2020

Having led many tours of Munich and Nuremberg delivering the subject of the rise and fall of Nazi Germany I came to this book with much expectation and was not disappointed. It delivers a very clear history and description of the locations in those cities that had such a bearing on the story of Nazi Germany. Maps are detailed and the photographs add substance to the story. The text describing the events is excellent and the book covers all the main locations and the associated history. It is an excellent guide to the story of Nazi Germany in those cities and surrounding areas.

Michael McCarthy. Battlefield Guide

Michael McCarthy

About Dr David Mathieson

Dr David Mathieson is a writer based in Germany. David is a qualified solicitor and has a PhD in contemporary history. He was a Special Adviser to the former British foreign minister, the late Robin Cook. A specialist on the Spanish Civil War, he is the founder of Spanish Sites, an educational project to promote an understanding of the Spanish civil war. He is the author of Frontline Madrid, and Radical London in the 1950s.

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