Germany, Hitler, and World War II: Essays in Modern German and World History 0521566266, 9780521566261

Far more than a conflict of imperial aggression, World War II was about "blood and soil," a fight to determine

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Germany, Hitler, and World War II: Essays in Modern German and World History
 0521566266, 9780521566261

Table of contents :
Contents
Preface
Introduction
Part I. Background
1 The defeat of Germany in 1918 and the European balance of power
2 National Socialist organization and foreign policy aims in 1927
3 The world through Hitler’s eyes
Part II. The Nazi system
4 The Nazi revolution: A war against human rights
5 Propaganda for peace and preparation for war
Part III. Background for war
6 Hider and England, 1933-1945: Pretense and reality
7 German foreign policy and Austria
8 Germany, Munich, and appeasement
9 A proposed compromise over Danzig in 1939?
10 The German generals and the outbreak of war, 1938-1939
11 Hider’s decision for war
Part IV. World War II
12 German diplomacy toward the Soviet Union
13 The Nazi-Soviet pacts of 1939: A half century later
14 From confrontation to cooperation: Germany and the United States, 1917-1949
15 Pearl Harbor: The German perspective
16 Global conflict: The interaction between the European and Pacific theaters of war in World War II
17 The “Final Solution” and the war in 1943
18 July 20, 1944: The German resistance to Hitler
19 D-Day after fifty years: Assessments of costs and benefits
20 German plans for victory, 1944-1945
21 Reflections on running a war: Hitler, Churchill, Stalin, Roosevelt, Tojo
22 Some thoughts on World War II
23 A new Germany in a new world
Appendix: The end of Ranke’s history? Reflections on the fate of history in the twentieth century
Index

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