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The Racial State: Germany 1933–1945 Paperback – Illustrated, 7 November 1991

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'The greatest strength of the book is the way in which Burleigh and Wippermann demonstrate the 'all-pervasive racism of the Nazi state'. They capture the obsessive nature of Hitler's racism, while sensibly concluding that 'racial anti-Semitism' was its 'most important element' … The major importance of The Racial State, however lies rather in the following chapters, on the persecution of the 'Gypsies' (Sinti and Roma), the mentally, congenitally and hereditarily ill, 'Rhineland bastards', 'asocials' and homosexuals, all of which groups were perceived as threats to the Nazis' vision of a purified and homogenous national community. If the Jews were perceived as the chief, demonic threat, these other victims were also seen as intolerable blemishes, to be eliminated with measures of uninhibited violence ranging from compulsory sterilisation/castration/abortion and often fatal incarceration to systematic murder.' The Times Literary Supplement

' … deserves a wide readership … the lessons taught by this book should be learned by all of us'. The Times Higher Education Supplement

'The Racial State may be recommended as one of the best introductions available to the still burgeoning and highly charged scholarly literatures on the Third Reich.' Ethnic and Racial Studies

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This book deals with the ideas and institutions which underpinned the Nazi regime's attempt to restructure a 'class' society along racial lines.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Cambridge University Press; 1st edition (7 November 1991)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 404 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0521398029
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0521398022
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.24 x 2.57 x 22.86 cm
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Michael Burleigh was born and educated in London. He was a senior academic for eighteen years before deciding to write full-time in 2001. He is Senior Fellow at LSE Ideas, the world's Nr 1 ranked university-based think tank. Michael has won three major film awards for television documentaries (including 'Selling Murder' which won a BFI award) as well as the 2001 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, for which he was also long listed for another book in 2013. He is married and lives in central London although he travels extensively, particularly in Asia. In 2012 he won the Nonino International Master of His Time Prize for his lifetime's work. His new book, Day of the Assassins: A History of Political Murder will be published on 27th May by Picador Macmillan.

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