Germany and the Second World War: Volume I: The Build-up of German Aggression by Wilhelm Deist

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

EditorWilhelm Deist, Manfred Messerschmidt, Hans-Erich Volkmann

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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 auspicesof 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 ofGerman 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 bookdemonstrates 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.

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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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Title:Germany and the Second World War: Volume I: The Build-up of German AggressionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:828 pagesPublished:July 2, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198738331

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IntroductionPart 1: Ideology, Propaganda, and Internal Politics as Preconditions of the War Policy of the Third ReichWolfram Wette: 1. Militarist and Pacific Ideologies in the Last Phase of the Weimar Republic2. Propaganda Mobilization for WarIII. Organising Society in Preparation for WarPart II: The National Socialist Economy in Preparation for WarHans-Erich Volkmann: 1. From International Economy to Large-Area Economy2. The National Socialist War Economy3. Job-Creation and Armament Boom4. The National Socialist Economy Under the 'New Plan'5. The War Economy Under the Four-Year Plan6. Rearmament Economy and Agression7. The Third Reich's Economic Readiness for WarPart III: The Rearmament of the WehrmachtWilhelm Deist: 1. The Reichswehr and National Defence2. The Rearmament of the Individual Services, 1933-19393. The Wehrmacht of the Third ReichPart IV: Foreing Policy and Preparation for WarManfred Messerschmidt: 1. Hitler's 'Programme' and the Problem of Continuity in German Foreign Policy2. The Great Powers and the Aspiring Great Power3. Bilateral Foreign Policy4. Chances of Hegemony: Stresa and the Break-Up of European Solidarity5. The Road to war, 1963-19386. 1939: The Initial PositionConclusions

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"worth waiting for ... its contributors ... do a truly commendable job of analysing the receptivity of Germans to the martial spirit ... Handsomely produced and smoothly translated ... the first two installments of Germany and the Second World War can be warmly recommended to the broadreadership they deserve." --Marilyn Shevin Coetzee, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, History, Summer 1992 08/06/1993