ヒトラーと第三帝国 (地図で読む世界の歴史) 単行本 – 2000/2
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Formally inaugurated in Potsdam in 1933, the Third Reich was regarded by Hitler as the greatest in a line of mighty German empires. His mystical belief that this empire would last a 1000 years proved unfounded, but not before a world war which resulted in the loss of at least 60 million lives. This atlas charts the rise and fall of Hitler's Nazi state, from the first mass meeting of the NSDAP in Munich in 1920, through the relentless territorial aggression and anti-Jewish atrocities of World War II, to the execution of war criminals in Nuremburg in 1946. It offers insights into the seemingly inexorable rise of National Socialism and examines the nature of Hitler's power structures both within his party and within Germany as a whole. --このテキストは、絶版本またはこのタイトルには設定されていない版型に関連付けられています。
In particular: This specific atlas is so poorly laid out that it defies description: Important illustrations have the dimension of small postage stamps - a concentration camp scene with Allied soldiers and uncountable massacred corpses as small stamp; it seems the more figures in a scene the tinier the format. Pointless illustrations e.g.that of a single medal at 10 times the size or a fuzzy Hitler in front of a fuzzy Eiffel Tower at more than 22 times the size!
Worse is the state of the graphics: As the cover shows, the colour chosen for Germany is a deep spinach-green. Apparently, the greater the relevance of an area the deeper the colour representing it. Consequently information, such as signs, symbols and captions is hard or impossible to make out on such a background. Not only does this choice of colour obscure relevant data but it is plain ugly to look at.
What the the colouring has not managed to obscure is achived by the graphics: A crowded picture is rendered even more confusing by the addition of pointless little shadows to each of the uncountable, pointless little flags.
Annotations are often marred by spelling mistakes (Wurttenburg instead of Wuerttemberg etc) or are sometimes misleading: Not only peasant girls wore 'folk costume'. Every female of those times had a couple of such dresses in her wardrobe.
The content of the graphs is -- more often than not -- simply pointless: Take the sprinkling of dots on spinach-green Germany representing torched synagogues which begs the question: Have all synagogues been torched? Are there ones which have not? Does the clustering here and there mean that there were more synagogues in the first place or that there were more ferocious Nazis active in those areas?
Take the small map of bombed cities with all attendant data crammed into one tiny image. What is the use? A simple list would have been of greater value. Or take the map with the flurry of uncountable dots representing 'camps'. So? The different types of camps are neither distinguishable nor quantifiable nor is the distribution with respect to the different political districts quantifiable. So what is the point?
This atlas serves as an example of WHAT NOT DO with respect to design, lay-out and the meaningful graphic presentation of information -- and the whole concept over all.
Which brings me to the text itself - with my confidence shaken by the visual part of the publication, I rather turn to texts on the topic for deeper, more reliable information or - yes - Wikipedia for a quick top-up on various aspects and the option to 'drill down' to related sites for more detail and specific data.
The book is sectioned into seven parts: Each part contains a four-page introductory section followed by three to ten chapters further illuminating that topic.
The seven parts are:
I. From War to Third Reich, 1918-1933
II. Establishing the Dictatorship
III. Foreign Policy in Germany, 1933-1939
IV. Expansion and War, 1939-1945
V. The German New Order
VI. German Society and Total War
VII. The Aftermath
Each chapter that follows an introductory section is only two pages, yet there is an incredible amount of information packed into those two pages as easily understandable pie-charts, graphs, and/or maps are included. Many interesting photos and posters (or other propaganda) relevant to a chapter are also often included, although they are generally quite small.
The writing in each chapter and section is extremely well-done. Time and again the author deftly explains complicated matters in a few brief paragraphs.
The book is a handy reference on many of the social, economic, political, and military aspects of the Hitler regime. It could almost double as a mini-history of the Third Reich and certainly supplements any study of it. Highly recommended.