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Germany and the Second World War: The Build-Up of German Aggression: Volume I

ISBN : 9780198738336

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Author: 
Wilhelm Deist; Manfred Messerschmidt; Hans-Erich Volkmann; Wolfram Wette; P. S. Falla; Dean S. McMurry; Ewald Osers
Pages
828 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
157 x 233 mm
Pub date
Jun 2015
Series
Germany and the Second World War
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This is the first of a comprehensive ten-volume history of the Second World War, written from the German perspective and translated for the first time into English. The volumes so far published have achieved international acclaim as a major contribution to historical study. Under the auspices of the Militargeschichtliches Forschungsamt (Research Institute for Military History), a team of renowned historians has combined a full synthesis of existing material with the latest research to produce what will be the definitive history of the Second World War. This volume, The Build-up of German Aggression, surveys the forces both within and outside Weimar Germany which paved the way for Hitler. The authors examine the systematic preparation for war, from the outset of Nazi rule, through rearmament, economic autarky, diplomacy, and the penetration of German society at all levels. They consider the extent to which the movement can be regarded as a continuation of historic German nationalism; the limits of Hitler's involvement with the army and big business; and the lack of coordination between the administration and the armed services. The book demonstrates that, despite Nazi propaganda and in stark contrast to 1914, most Germans in 1939 opposed a war which they nevertheless endured with such tragic consequences. Intensively researched and documented, Germany and the Second World War is an undertaking of unparalleled scope and authority. It will prove indispensable to all historians of the twentieth century.

Index: 

Introduction
PART 1: IDEOLOGY, PROPAGANDA, AND INTERNAL POLITICS AS PRECONDITIONS OF THE WAR POLICY OF THE THIRD REICH
I. Militarist and Pacific Ideologies in the Last Phase of the Weimar Republic
II. Propaganda Mobilization for War
III. Organising Society in Preparation for War
PART II: THE NATIONAL SOCIALIST ECONOMY IN PREPARATION FOR WAR
I. From International Economy to Large-Area Economy
II. The National Socialist War Economy
III. Job-Creation and Armament Boom
IV. The National Socialist Economy Under the 'New Plan'
V. The War Economy Under the Four-Year Plan
VI. Rearmament Economy and Agression
VII. The Third Reich's Economic Readiness for War
PART III: THE REARMAMENT OF THE WEHRMACHT
I. The Reichswehr and National Defence
II. The Rearmament of the Individual Services, 1933-1939
III. The Wehrmacht of the Third Reich
PART IV: FOREING POLICY AND PREPARATION FOR WAR
I. Hitler's 'Programme' and the Problem of Continuity in German Foreign Policy
II. The Great Powers and the Aspiring Great Power
III. Bilateral Foreign Policy
IV. Chances of Hegemony: Stresa and the Break-Up of European Solidarity
V. The Road to war, 1963-1938
VI. 1939: The Initial Position
Conclusions

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Project co-ordinated by the Militargeschichtliches Forschungsamt (Research Institute for Military History), Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany; Translated from the German by P. S. Falla, Dean S. McMurry, and Ewald Osers

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