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Introduction

Donald Bloxham

in The Final Solution

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780199550333
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191701535 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550333.003.0001

Series: Oxford Histories

Introduction

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During the Second World War, the Nazis came up with what was called the ‘final solution of the Jewish question’ wherein between 5,100,000 and 6,200,000 Jews were killed. This, today, is what is known as the Holocaust. The author chose A Genocide as the book’s subtitle to imply that the event could be considered a part of a broader phenomenon. The book looks into the evolution and dynamics of the genocide in order to account for both the general and specific features of this event. Although Germany played the leading role, the Holocaust became a huge part of international history, probably because of the contributions that several other European countries had in making this genocide happen. The study examines the issues involved such as territorial integrity, politics, and other such factors that may serve as motivations for pushing through with this event.

Keywords: Second World War; Nazis; Jews; genocide; international history

Chapter.  5030 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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