Go-Betweens for Hitler

Hardcover | June 30, 2015

byKarina Urbach

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This is the untold story of how some of Germany's top aristocrats contributed to Hitler's secret diplomacy during the Third Reich, providing a direct line to their influential contacts and relations across Europe - especially in Britain, where their contacts included the press baron and DailyMail owner Lord Rothermere and the future King Edward VIII. Using previously unexplored sources from Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, and the USA, Karina Urbach unravels the story of top-level go-betweens such as the Duke of Coburg, grandson of Queen Victoria, and the seductive Stephanie von Hohenlohe, who rose from a life of poverty inVienna to become a princess and an intimate of Adolf Hitler. As Urbach shows, Coburg and other senior aristocrats were tasked with some of Germany's most secret foreign policy missions from the First World War onwards, culminating in their role as Hitler's trusted go-betweens, as he readied Germanyfor conflict during the 1930s - and later, in the Second World War. Tracing what became of these high-level go-betweens in the years after the Nazi collapse in 1945 - from prominent media careers to sunny retirements in Marbella - the book concludes with an assessment of their overall significance in the foreign policy of the Third Reich.

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This is the untold story of how some of Germany's top aristocrats contributed to Hitler's secret diplomacy during the Third Reich, providing a direct line to their influential contacts and relations across Europe - especially in Britain, where their contacts included the press baron and DailyMail owner Lord Rothermere and the future Ki...

Karina Urbach was a Kurt-Hahn-Scholar at the University of Cambridge, where she took her MPhil and PhD. For her German Habilitation she was awarded the Bavarian Ministry of Culture prize. She has published on 19th and 20th century European history and recently co-edited a book on Intelligence with Stanford University Press (2013). The ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:June 30, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019870366X

ISBN - 13:9780198703662

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Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroductionPart I: Go-Betweens Before Hitler1. What are Go-Betweens?2. Go-Betweens in the Great War3. Bolshevism: The fear that bindsPart II: Hitler's Go-Betweens4. Approaching the Appeasers: the Duke of Coburg5. Horthy, Hitler and Lord Rothermere: Princess Stephanie Hohenlohe6. Munich to Marbella: Prince Max HohenloheConclusion: Did Go-Betweens make a difference?NotesBibliographyIndex

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"Karina Urbach's scintillating book illuminates a vital and heretofore neglected feature of twentieth-century diplomacy - the role of private intermediaries between governments. Through imaginative research in dozens of archives scattered across the European Continent, Urbach brings to lifethe hidden world of multilingual aristocrats in the era of the two world wars... As [she] demonstrates, such high-born intermediaries, operating under the radar, helped solidify the Austro-German alliance before 1914 and enabled Hitler to influence the British upper classes in the 1930s. Urbachsketches personalities so vividly and writes so well that, in addition to its scholarly importance, this work reads like a mystery novel." --Stephen A. Schuker, University of Virginia