December 19, 2017

New Publication: Beyond the Racial State: Rethinking Nazi Germany

The German Historical Institute is pleased to announce the publication of Beyond the Racial State: Rethinking Nazi Germany, edited by GHI Research Fellow Richard F. Wetzell together with Mark Roseman (Indiana University) and Devin Pendas (Boston College), which has just been published by Cambridge University Press in the “Publications of the German Historical Institute” series.

The “racial state” has become a familiar shorthand for the Third Reich, encapsulating its raison d'être, ambitions, and the underlying logic of its genocidal violence. The Nazi racial state's agenda is generally understood as a fundamental reshaping of society based on a new hierarchy of racial value. Challenging this interpretation, this volume argues that it is time to reappraise what race really meant under Nazism, and to question and complicate its relationship to the Nazis' agenda, actions, and appeal. Based on a wealth of new research, the book's essays show that racial knowledge and racial discourse in Nazi Germany were far more contradictory and disparate than we have come to assume. The contributors shed new light on the ways in which racial policy worked and was understood, and consider race's function, content, and power in relation to society and nation, and above all, in relation to the extraordinary violence unleashed by the Nazis.

Beyond the Racial State is available to order in paperback ($27.99 after discount) or hardback from the Cambridge University Press website. Enter code PENDAS2017 at checkout to receive a 20% discount.