Germany, Hitler, and World War II: Essays in Modern German and World History

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 26, 1996 - History - 347 pages
" Reflecting on the greatest war in human history, one cannot help but think about the terrible conflict as a whole, its leaders, its peoples, and the puzzles still open about its conduct. Leaders on both sides realised that at stake from the very beginning was a complete restructuring of the world order. More than a conflict of imperial aggression, World War II was about who would live and command the globe's resources and which peoples would disappear entirely because they were believed to be inferior or undesirable by the victor. This collection of special studies in twentieth-century German and world history illuminates the nature of the Nazi system and its impact on Germany and the world. Bringing together essays now widely scattered and several never previously published in English, this volume examines the Holocaust, the connections between the European and Pacific theatres of war, as well as the effects, leaders, and research problems of World War II. By examining the effects of World War II, its leaders, its problems, and the Holocaust, this volume provides an illuminating study of the nature of the Nazi system and its impact on Germany and the world."--Site de l'Úditeur.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Background
8
The defeat of Germany in 1918 and the European balance of power
11
National Socialist organization and foreign policy aims in 1927
23
The world through Hitlers eyes
30
The Nazi system
55
A war against human rights
57
Propaganda for peace and preparation for war
68
German diplomacy toward the Soviet Union
153
A half century later
168
Germany and the United States 19171949
182
The German perspective
194
The interaction between the European and Pacific theaters of war in World War II
205
The Final Solution and the war in 1943
217
The German resistance to Hitler
245
Assessments of costs and benefits
254

Background for
83
Pretense and reality
85
German foreign policy and Austria
95
Germany Munich and appeasement
109
A proposed compromise over Danzig in 1939?
121
The German generals and the outbreak of war 19381939
129
Hitlers decision for war
146
German plans for victory 19441945
274
Hitler Churchill Stalin Roosevelt Tojo
287
Some thoughts on World War II
307
A new Germany in a new world
318
The end of Rankes history? Reflections on the fate of history in the twentieth century
325
Index
337
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