S. Jonathan Wiesen


On his book Creating the Nazi Marketplace: Commerce and Consumption in the Third Reich

Cover Interview of March 21, 2011


Creating the Nazi Marketplace contributes to the scholarly literature on the Third Reich by bringing into the foreground two broad themes—mass consumption and business complicity—that have never been systematically linked. And it ultimately reveals how both social consensus and state brutality in Nazi Germany relied on the daily ritual of consumption.

The book also speaks to other intersecting themes currently of interest to German historians and generalists: the behavior and study of consumers in fascist and non-fascist settings, the importance of “everyday” life in Nazi Germany, and international contacts (especially between Germany and the United States) during the 1930s and 1940s.

© 2011 Jonathan Wiesen