The Hitler Conspiracies: The Protocols - The Stab in the Back - The Reichstag Fire - Rudolf Hess - The Escape from the Bunker

The Hitler Conspiracies: The Protocols - The Stab in the Back - The Reichstag Fire - Rudolf Hess - The Escape from the Bunker by Richard J. Evans 0190083050 9780190083052
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The idea that historical events, catastrophes in particular, didnt happen on their own but were driven by the hidden machinations of malign influences has deep roots. The appeal is clear: we can ascribe these events not to human shortsightedness or frailty, or to the contingencies of fate and
circumstance, but to unseen forces. Conspiracy theories and paranoia go hand in hand. Something, or someone, is trying to control our lives and to regain that control we need to expose the truth.

Conspiracy theories have lately proliferated, powered by the Internet and social media, as well as by the declining influence of the traditional gatekeepers of facts and information. In his new book, Richard J. Evans, one of the worlds leading historians of the Third Reich, explores this new golden
age of conspiracy theories and what underlies it. To do that, he focuses on five of the most enduring conspiracies theories of the Nazi period, including those that fueled Hitlers rise in the first place. Hence he reexamines the notorious anti-Semitic forgery The Protocols of the Elders of Zion;
the stab-in-the-back myth about the of the role of Jews in Germanys loss in World War One; and the 1933 burning of the Reichstag, which the Nazis used to solidify their grip on power. Evans also delves into the multiple rumors regarding the ill-fated and mysterious 1941 flight to England by
Rudolf Hess, Deputy Leader of the Nazi Party, and his death in Spandau prison in 1987. Lastly, he turns to the recurrent rumor that Hitler somehow managed to escape from Berlin in 1945 and live out his days in Argentina.

The Hitler Conspiracies is a book about fantasies and fictions, fabrications and falsifications. A distinguished work of history by one of the worlds most distinguished historians, it offers equally a hard look at our own troubled times, a post-truth era in which alternative facts have gained
new standing.

Author: Richard J. Evans

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 288

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Publication Date: 2020-11-16


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