France and the Nazi Menace: Intelligence and Policy Making 1933-1939

Hardcover | November 1, 2000

byPeter Jackson

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France and the Nazi Menace examines the French response to the challenge posed by National Socialist Germany in the years 1933-1939. It focuses on the relationship between the intelligence on German intentions and capabilities and the evolution of French national policy from the rise ofHitler in 1933 to the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939. Based on extensive archival research, it considers the nature of the intelligence process and the place of intelligence within the French policy making establishment during the inter-war period. The central argument in the book isthat the German threat was far from the only challenge facing French national leaders in an era of economic depression and profound ideological discord. Only after the national humiliation at the Munich Conference did the threat from Nazi Germany take precedence over France's internal problems inthe making of policy.

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France and the Nazi Menace examines the French response to the challenge posed by National Socialist Germany in the years 1933-1939. It focuses on the relationship between the intelligence on German intentions and capabilities and the evolution of French national policy from the rise ofHitler in 1933 to the outbreak of the Second Worl...

Peter Jackson is a Lecturer in International History at University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:November 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198208340

ISBN - 13:9780198208341

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`a first rate piece of historical writing. His research, most notably in archival sources, is impeccable. His writing displays an exemplary degree of expositional clarity. Above all, he does a superb job of integrating his findings about the intelligence community into the broaderpolitical, diplomatic, military, and economic issues. His handling of these huge questions is both confident and economical. This is an important book which deserves a wide readership.'William D. Irvine, York University, Ontario, H-Net