Nazis and Nobles: The History of a Misalliance


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Oxford University Press, USA
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6.3 X 9.3 X 1.8 inches | 1.67 pounds

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About the Author

Stephan Malinowski teaches Modern European History at the University of Edinburgh. Born and raised in Berlin, he has studied and taught at universities in Germany, France, Italy, the United States, and Ireland. His work focuses on 20th century French, German, and colonial history. He is one of Germany's leading experts on the history of the German nobility in the 20th century.


"Nazis and Nobles tells one of the under-documented stories of Hitler's war, how the royal and aristocratic families of Germany from the Hohenzollerns downwards offered support to this thuggish and brutal regime." -- Simon Heffer, Best Books of 2021, The Daily Telegraph"Nazis and Nobles: The History of a Misalliance, is at last available in English translation. This important book focuses not on the narrow issue of the complicity of one dynastic family but on the broad social and political history of a diverse class and its relationship to the Nazis during the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich." -- Christopher R. Browning, New York Review of Books"A compelling and sobering dissection of the misalliance between the German nobility and the Nazis." -- Paul Lay, The Times"[A] weightily fascinating book." -- Julian Evans, The Telegraph"Stephan Malinowski's cultural-political study of nobles and Nazis, revised and stylishly translated from the German original (2003), invites us to reach our own judgement. Malinowski not only adds indispensable complexity to the bifurcated model of attraction and repulsion, but also offers a riveting and subtle portrait of an elite in decline and in denial after 1918. " -- Jane Caplan, Times Literary Supplement"[Nazis and Nobles] historiographical importance can hardly be exaggerated." -- Mark Falcoff, New Criterion"Nazis and Nobles is not merely a translation of the prize-winning German original. It also includes incorporates many new sources. Malinowski looks at his subjects through an anthropological eye, showing them as great masters at self-portrayal. He provides fascinating biographical sketches of renegades too." -- Karina Urbach, Literary Review"Stephan Malinowski shows in his award-winning German-language title (now translated into English), the success of Hitler's power grab was also highly reliant on the actions (and often inaction) of influential members of Germany's aristocracy." -- BBC History Magazine"The complex question of the German aristocracy's relationship with the Nazis is at the heart of Stephan Malinowski's brilliant book, Nazis and Nobles [...] Malinowski has provided the best available analysis of the political radicalisation of Germany's nobility in the 1920s and their widespread support for the Nazis in the early 1930s." -- Robert Gerwarth, The Irish Times"A timely book." -- Air Mail"[Nazis and Nobles] is as enlightening as it is entertaining. Malinowski has succeeded in writing an outstanding political and cultural history of Prussia in particular, a portrait of the aristocratic elite in decline. " -- Ulrich Wangemann, MÃrkische Allgemeine