4. Reference Materials

Warning: As outlined in the course syllabus general books, dictionaries, atlases, textbooks and encyclopedias DO NOT count towards the minimum number of sources required for the essay assignments. They are however an excellent place to begin preliminary research into a topic and can be used for clarifying events, individuals, concepts. All call numbers listed are located at the University of Toronto Robarts Library.


Print Resources:
  1. The Encyclopedia of the Third Reich (DD256.5 .G73613 1991) [This is a subject specific encyclopedia that focuses on providing extensive coverage on the topic of the Third Reich, the bibliography contained within it provides its readers with an excellent jumping off point for subsequent research.
  2. Modern Germany: An Encyclopedia of History, People and Culture, 1871-1990 (DD14 .M64 1998X V. 1) [While not specific to the World War II or Third Reich, this encyclopedia provides a general overview of German history, society and culture. It is particularly relevant for establishing a context on which to base Adolf Hitler's regime.]
  3. The Harper Encyclopedia of Military History (D25 .A2 D8 1993) [While encompassing a period far more vast than that studied in this course it also contained a wealth of information pertinent to the military technology and tactics used by Hitler's Germany.]
  4. Encyclopedia of German Resistance to the Nazi Movement (DD256.5 .L4813 1997X) [An encyclopedia focused covering the figures, leaders, groups and movements involved in resisting the Nazi party and ideology from its inception to the end of World War II.]
Online Resources:
  1. Europe Since 1914: Encyclopedia of the Age of War and Reconstruction (D424.E94 2006) [Providing a general overview of European events throughout history with a focus on the First World War until the post Cold War period.]
  2. The Oxfard Companion to World War 2 [A general encyclopedia focused on the World War II period. Serves as a fantastic introductory reference source and contains 1,800 entries written by more than 140 international contributors. It covers every aspect of the war including detailed surveys, politics, grand strategy, domestic and economic issues, resistance and intelligence services, campaigns, battles, and military operations as well as influential people, slogans and phrases.]
  1. The Penguin Dictionary of Twentieth Century History (D419 .P34) [A comprehensive compilation of individuals, events, culture, technology, politics and economics of the twentieth century. Brief and to the point it covers a period ranging from 1914-1990.]
  2. Dictionary of Concepts in History (D13 .R52 1986) [This companion text outlines multiple definitions of historical terms often used in academic writing.]
  3. Dictionary of German Biography (DD85 .D3813 2001) [Covering the 9th century to the present this dictionary has compiled over 60,000 entries on people from the German-speaking world providing its readers with a key resource for identifying figures relevant to this class.]
  4. Nazi-German: An English Lexicon of the Language of the Third Reich (PF3680 .M48 2002X) [A quick and ready reference guide to the kinds of terminology and language used by Hitler's regime.]
Bibliographies [Bibliographies are particularly useful for finding citable sources for use within your assignments.]
  1. The Germans after World War II: An English-Language Bibliography (Z2240.3 .P38 1990)
  2. Adolf Hitler and the Nazi epoch : an annotated bibliography of English-language works on the origins, nature, and structure of the Nazi state (Z2241 .N27 M33 1998)
  3. The Hitler Library: A Bibliography (Z997 .H6657 G37 2001X)
Atlases and Maps: 
  1. World War Two Chronological Atlas: When, Where, How and Why (D743 .M46 1989)
  2. Concise Historical Atlas of World War Two: The Geography of Conflict (G1038 .H52 2005)
  3. The Penguin Historical Atlas of the Third Reich (DD256.5 .O93 1996)
  4. The Times Atlas of European History (G1797.21 .S1 T56 1994b)

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