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P. J. Marshall

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264249

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264249.001.0001

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Coercion and Consent in Nazi Germany

Coercion and Consent in Nazi Germany

Raleigh Lecture on History

(p.53) Coercion and Consent in Nazi Germany
Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 151, 2006 Lectures

Richard J. Evans

British Academy

This lecture discusses three central propositions to a new consensus that the Third Reich was a ‘dictatorship by consent’. The first proposition states that the Nazis did not seize power; rather, they won it legally and by consent. The second is that the Nazi repression, which was exercised through the Gestapo and the concentration camps, was on a small scale and did not actually affect most of the population. The third proposition discussed in this lecture is that the overwhelming popularity of the regime was demonstrated by the staggeringly successful results it achieved in national elections and plebiscites.

Keywords:   Third Reich, central propositions, dictatorship by consent, Nazi repression, concentration camps, Gestapo, regime popularity

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