Hitler Redux: The Incredible History of Hitler's So-Called Table Talks (Routledge Studies in Fascism and the Far Right) (Hardcover)

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After Hitler's death, several posthumous books were published which purported to be the verbatim words of the Nazi leader - two of the most important of these documents were Hitler's Table Talk and The Testament of Adolf Hitler. This ground-breaking book provides the first in-depth analysis and critical study of Hitler's so-called table talks and their history, provenance, translation, reception, and usage.

Based on research in public and private archives in four countries, the book shows when, why, where, how, by and for whom the table talks were written, how reliable the texts are, and how historians should approach and use them. It reveals the crucial role of the mysterious Swiss Nazi Francois Genoud, as well as some very poor judgement from several famous historians in giving these dubious sources more credibility than they deserved. The book sets the record straight regarding the nature of these volumes as historical sources - proving inter alia The Testament to be a clever forgery - and aims to establish a new consensus on their meaning and impact on historical research into Hitler and the Third Reich.

This path-breaking historical investigation will be of considerable interest to all researchers and historians of the Nazi era.

About the Author

Mikael Nilsson is a currently unaffiliated Swedish historian who has written and published extensively on the Cold War and on Hitler's table talks. Previously he has been a researcher and teacher of history and military history at the Royal Institute of Technology, the Swedish National Defense College, Stockholm University, and Uppsala University. His research interests have mainly been related to Swedish-American military technological collaboration and US propaganda activities in Scandinavia during the Cold War, as well as Hitler, National Socialism, and Nazi Germany in general.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780367353056
ISBN-10: 0367353059
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: September 16th, 2020
Pages: 416
Language: English
Series: Routledge Studies in Fascism and the Far Right