Mark Mazower is Ira D. Wallach Professor of History at Columbia. His most recent book is Governing the World: The History of an Idea.
 (December 2016)

IN THE REVIEW

The Historian Who Was Not Baffled by the Nazis

Adolf Hitler with Eva Braun at his birthday party, April 1942

The Third Reich in History and Memory

by Richard J. Evans
There was a time, hard though it is now to remember it, when Germany did not pose a great problem for other nations—or at least no more of a problem than anywhere else. Long divided among principalities and regional powers such as Prussia and Bavaria, the country was unified only …