The Fourth Reich: The Specter of Nazism from World War II to the Present
Writing a history of something that never actually happened is an interesting idea. What can we learn from studying non-events? This is the essence of The Fourth Reich.
The book is not the sort of alternate history that has long been a staple of science fiction. This isn’t Man in the High Castle. Instead, as author Gavriel D. Rosenfeld said, the book doesn’t “so much examine what might have happened in the past as what might still happen in the future.”
And that’s what makes this such an interesting read. Thinking about what might happen in the future is really what history is about, right? I mean, we didn’t sit through Western Civ, mindlessly copying down dates for the hell of it. (Or did we?) The point of studying the past is so we don’t repeat it. Fool me once and all that.
The Fourth Reich simply brings that idea into stark focus by examining events that only occurred as potential events.
World War II buffs and historiographers will find this book a very interesting read and a nice deviation from the usual fare.
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|Author||Gavriel D. Rosenfeld|
|Page Count||400 pages|
|Publisher||Cambridge University Press|
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