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David Schoenbaum (born 1935, Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American social scientist and historian.

He was teaching as a professor of History at the University of Iowa until 2008. Schoenbaum received his BA at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. In 1965, he was awarded a D.Phil at Oxford University.

Schoenbaum is best known for his 1966 social history book, Hitler’s Social Revolution, where Schoenbaum challenged the then prevailing notion that the National Socialist regime was a backwards looking, reactionary anti-modernizing dictatorship, and instead argued that, in effect at least, the Nazi regime was a modernizing dictatorship. Schoenbaum argued that the Nazi revolution was a "double revolution...of means and ends". In order to accomplish its foreign policy goals, namely war, the Nazi regime was forced to encourage modernization and industrialization, despite the anti-modernist nature of Nazi ideology. Schoenbaum wrote that "The revolution of ends was ideological—war against bourgeois and industrial society. The revolution of means was its reciprocal. It was bourgeois and industrial since in a industrial age, even a war against industrial society must be fought with industrial means and bourgeois are necessary to fight the bourgeoise".

In Schoenbaum's view, there were two sorts of social realities, namely "objective" and "interpreted social reality". By "objective social reality", Schoenbaum argued the Nazi regime had achieved greater degree of industrialization and urbanization, while by "interpreted social reality", the Nazi regime was able to break down the traditional lines of class, religion and regional loyalties to achieve an unparalleled degree of unity amongst the German people. In particular, Schoenbaum argued that the Nazi regime was able to destroy the traditional class barriers that had divided German society, and for most Germans, the increased social mobility offered by the Nazi regime was sufficient compensation for the destruction of democracy. Schoenbaum's book proved to be highly influential, and set off an important debate about both the intentions and the effects of Nazi social policies, and the nature of social change during the Nazi period. Some historians such as Ian Kershaw have criticized Schoenbaum's work for placing too much reliance on what Kershaw considers to be subjective and impressionistic evidence.

Schoenbaum has written books about other aspects of modern German history. In 1968, Schoenbaum published a book about the Spiegel Affair scandal of 1962, in which he sought to set the affair into the context of the history of the Federal Republic and the wider context of German history. His 1982 book Zabern 1913 concerned the political fall-out from the Saverne Affair in 1913. Schoenbaum argued that the affair revealed different aspects of the Second Reich, and argued that the Zabern Affair was the exception that proved that the rule that the Second Reich was no more or less liberal or illiberal then other Western nations. In 1996, Schoenbaum wrote a highly critical book review in the National Review of Daniel Goldhagen's bestseller Hitler's Willing Executioners where he charged Goldhagen with grossly simplifying the question of the degree and virulence of German Antisemitism, and of only selecting evidence that supported his thesis. Furthermore, Schoenbaum complained that Goldhagen did not take a comparative approach with Germany placed in isolation, thereby falsely implying that Germans and Germans alone were the only nation that saw widespread anti-semitism. Finally, Schoenbaum argued that Goldhagen failed to explain why the anti-Jewish boycott of April 1, 1933 was relatively ineffective or why the Kristallnacht needed to be organized by the Nazis as opposed to being a spontaneous expression of German popular anti-semitism. Using an example from his family history, Schoenbaum wrote that his mother-in-law, a Polish Jew who lived in Germany between 1928–1947, never considered the National Socialists and the Germans synonymous, and expressed regret that Goldhagen could not see the same.

One of Schoenbaum's few works outside of German history is The United States And The State of Israel, a diplomatic history of relations between Israel and the United States from 1948 to 1993.

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Total Books: 12
The Violin A Social History of the World's Most Versatile Instrument
2012 - The VIolin a Social History of the World's Most Versatile Instrument (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780393084405
ISBN-10: 039308440X
Genre: Arts & Photography
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Mercedes-Benz Classic Jahrbuch
2002 - Mercedes-benz Classic Jahrbuch (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783898801447
ISBN-10: 3898801446
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La Rvolution brune  La Socit allemande sous le IIIe Reich
2000 - La Rvolution Brune La Socit Allemande Sous Le IIIe Reich (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782070759187
ISBN-10: 2070759180
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Hitler's Social Revolution Class and Status in Nazi Germany 1933-1939
1997 - Hitler's Social Revolution Class and Status in Nazi Germany 1933-1939 [Norton Paperback] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780393315547
ISBN-10: 0393315541
Genres: History, Nonfiction
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The German Question and Other German Questions
1996 - The German Question and Other German Questions [St Antony's Series] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780312160487
ISBN-10: 0312160488
Genres: History, Nonfiction, Substores
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The United States and the State of Israel
1993 - The United States and the State of Israel (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780195045765
ISBN-10: 0195045769
Genres: History, Nonfiction
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Hitler's Social Revolution Class and Status in Nazi Germany 1933-1939
1980 - Hitler's Social Revolution Class and Status in Nazi Germany 1933-1939 [A Norton paperback] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780393009934
ISBN-10: 0393009939
Genres: History, Nonfiction
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Zabern 1913 Consensus Politics in Imperial Germany
Zabern 1913 Consensus Politics in Imperial Germany (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780049430259
ISBN-10: 0049430254
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Hitler's Social Revolution Class and Status in Nazi Germany 1933-39
Hitler's Social Revolution Class and Status in Nazi Germany 1933-1939
Die Spiegel-Affre - Ein Abgrund von Landesverrat
Die Spiegel-affre - Ein Abgrund Von Landesverrat (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9783932529535
ISBN-10: 3932529537
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