A Life Renewed, 1983-1998

 51ZkaI9yzNLA Life Renewed, 1983-1998 continues the personal story begun in Roderick Stackelberg’s earlier autobiographical volumes, Out of Hitler’s Shadow and Memory and History. The basic themes stressed in the prefaces to the first two volumes of his autobiography-the desire to honestly share his experiences in an aesthetically pleasing and enjoyable way retain their relevance for this later volume as well. This third volume covers his happiest and most generative years, including his new marriage to Sally Winkle and his work as a professor of history at Gonzaga University. His richly illustrated personal and professional stories are interspersed with a running commentary on the extraordinary political changes in the closing years of the twentieth century. The title of this volume, A Life Renewed, 1983-1998, refers to both his new marriage to Sally and to the birth of their son, Emmet, in 1991. The fifteen years covered in this volume are infused with the joys of a happy marriage, a gifted late-born off spring, and some limited but satisfying professional success. He also chronicles the successes of his older children as they pursue college and careers. Stackelberg considers this period to be the “high noon” of his life, before the onset of old age and ill health at the turn of the century.

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Memory and History: Recollections of a Historian of Nazism, 1967-1982

memoryandhistoryMemory and History, the second volume of historian Rod Stackelberg’s autobiography, picks up his personal and professional reminiscences where his first volume, Out of Hitler’s Shadow (2010), left off. After teaching high school in northern Vermont, Stackelberg belatedly resumed his graduate training in pursuit of a college teaching career. He resumes his graduate education at the Universities of Vermont and Massachusetts, Amherst, earning a PhD in modern European history in 1974-a full eighteen years after earning his BA at Harvard University. It was not a good time to enter the academic job market, as indeed he had been forewarned by his instructors as early as 1970. Several chapters of Memory and History deal with the trials and tribulations of job-hunting in the unfavorable academic employment climate of the 1970s. He ultimately attained his goal of pursuing a college teaching career, ultimately teaching at San Diego State University, the University of Oregon, and the University of South Dakota before joining the history department at Gonzaga University, retiring after more than a quarter-century at Gonzaga in 2004. This continuation of Stackelberg’s life story shares details of history and of academic life-both his own and of more general problems and conflicts in that sphere in the late twentieth century.

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Out of Hitler’s Shadow: Childhood and Youth in Germany and the United States, 1935-1967

RODERICK STACKELBERG has an unusual story to tell, particularly of his early years. Stackelberg was born in Munich in 1935 to an American mother and a German father. He grew up in Germany during the Nazi years, including the Second World War, before returning to America with his mother in 1946.

hitlersshadowsmallOut of Hitler’s Shadow is based on personal journals Stackelberg began keeping as a boy of seven in Germany in 1942. It reconstructs his childhood in Germany, his years of school and college in New England, his return to Germany as a draftee in the American army in 1959, and his years of self-imposed exile in quest of knowledge about his background and his family’s past.

Out of Hitler’s Shadow presents the first volume of Stackelberg’s memoirs of a career devoted to the scholarly study of National Socialism, its antecedents, consequences, and lessons.

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The Routledge Companion to Nazi Germany

The Routledge Companion to Nazi Germany combines a concise narrative overview with chronological, bibliographical and tabular information to cover all major aspects of Nazi Germany. This user-friendly guide provides a comprehensive survey of key topics such as the origins and consolidation of the Nazi regime, the Nazi dictatorship in action, Nazi foreign policy, the Second World War, the Holocaust, the opposition to the regime and the legacy of Nazism.

routledgecompanionFeatures include:

  • detailed chronologies
  • a discussion of Nazi ideology
  • succinct historiographical overview with more detailed information on more than sixty major historians of Nazism
  • biographies of 150 leading figures of Nazi Germany
  • a glossary of terms, concepts and acronyms
  • maps and tables
  • a concise thematic bibliography of works on the Third Reich.

This indispensable reference guide to the history and historiography of Nazi Germany will appeal to students, teachers and general readers alike.

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Hitler’s Germany: Origins, Interpretations, Legacies

Hitler’s Germany provides a comprehensive narrative history of Nazi Germany and sets it in the wider context of nineteenth- and twentieth-century German history. Roderick Stackelberg analyzes how it was possible that a national culture of such creativity and achievement could generate such barbarism and destructiveness.

hitlerssecondThis second edition has been updated throughout to incorporate recent historical research and engage with current debates in the field.

It includes

  • an expanded introduction focusing on the hazards of writing about Nazi Germany
  • an extended analysis of fascism, totalitarianism, imperialism, and ideology
  • a broadened contextualisation of antisemitism
  • discussion of the Holocaust including the euthanasia program and the role of eugenics
  • new chapters on Nazi social and economic policies and the structure of government as well as on the role of culture, the arts, education and religion
  • additional maps, tables, and a chronology
  • a fully updated bibliography.

Exploring the controversies surrounding Nazism and its afterlife in historiography and historical memory, Hitler’s Germany provides students with an interpretive framework for understanding this extraordinary episode in German and European history.

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Nazi Germany Sourcebook

The Nazi Germany Sourcebook is an exciting new collection of documents on the origins, rise, course and consequences of National Socialism, the Third Reich, the Second World War, and the Holocaust.

sourcebookPacked full of both official and private papers from the perspectives of perpetrators and victims, these sources offer a revealing insight into why Nazism came into being, its extraordinary popularity in the 1930s, how it affected the lives of people, and what it means to us today.

This carefully edited series of 148 documents, drawn from 1850 to 2000, covers the pre-history and aftermath of Nazism


  • the ideological roots of Nazism, and the First World War
  • the Weimar Republic
  • the consolidation of Nazi power
  • Hitler’s motives, aims and preparation for war
  • the Second World War
  • the Holocaust
  • the Cold War and recent historical debates.

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