Essay on The Rise Of Nazi Germany

1226 Words May 20th, 2016 null Page
The ‘German catastrophe’ that happened in the 20th century presented an unprecedented phenomenon that was difficult to explain given the previous historical development of the country. Specifically, the rise of Nazi Germany led to the radical changes in the country’s system of governance, social values, changes in social institutions that were unexpected from the point of view of history. The Sonderweg is a theory in historiography that emphasizes the idea that German path to democracy was unique, if compared to other counties in the West. Namely, the proponents of this concept ‘emphasize the peculiarities of German history, such as political institutions, social structures, or mentalities and experience’ (Buse & Doerr, 1998). The Sonderweg also addressed the problem of Nazi Germany and offered its own explanation to the reasons behind the so called German catastrophe. Specially, the positive scope of the Sonderweg school has significantly changed after the World War II and offered its own vision of the Nazi Germany, which has the embedded message that the Nazi regime is an abnormal element of the country’s history. The Songerweg emphasizes the particular model of history that Germany, unlike other Western countries, has gone through. Specifically, ‘proponents of this concept emphasize the peculiarities of German history, such as political institutions, social structures, or mentalities and experience, usually in comparison with other Western countries, to demonstrate the…

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