The Triumph of the Dark: European International History 1933-1939 by Zara SteinerThe Triumph of the Dark: European International History 1933-1939 by Zara Steiner

The Triumph of the Dark: European International History 1933-1939

byZara Steiner

Paperback | May 3, 2013

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In this magisterial narrative, Zara Steiner traces the twisted road to war that began with Hitler's assumption of power in Germany. Covering a wide geographical canvas, from America to the Far East, Steiner provides an indispensable reassessment of the most disputed events of these tumultuousyears. Steiner underlines the far-reaching consequences of the Great Depression, which shifted the initiative in international affairs from those who upheld the status quo to those who were intent on destroying it. In Europe, the l930s were Hitler's years. He moved the major chess pieces on the board,forcing the others to respond. From the start, Steiner argues, he intended war, and he repeatedly gambled on Germany's future to acquire the necessary resources to fulfil his continental ambitions. Only war could have stopped him - an unwelcome message for most of Europe. Misperception,miscomprehension, and misjudgment on the part of the other Great Powers leaders opened the way for Hitler's repeated diplomatic successes. It is ideology that distinguished the Hitler era from previous struggles for the mastery of Europe. Ideological presumptions created false images and raised barriers to understanding that even good intelligence could not penetrate. Only when the leaders of Britain and France realized the scale ofHitler's ambition, and the challenge Germany posed to their Great Power status, did they finally declare war.
Zara Steiner is Fellow of the British Academy and Emeritus Fellow at New Hall, University of Cambridge, UK.
Title:The Triumph of the Dark: European International History 1933-1939Format:PaperbackDimensions:1248 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0 inPublished:May 3, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

ProloguePart I: Retreat from Internationalism, 1933-19381. Brown Dawn: The Rise of Hitler and the Death of Disarmament, 1933-19342. Uncertain Embraces: The European Powers and Nazi Germany, 1934-19353. The Assault on Versailles and Locarno: Ethiopia and the occupation of the Rhineland4. The Remnants of Internationalism, 1936-19385. The Spanish Cockpit, 1935-19386. Rearmament and Appeasement 1936-19377. Appeasement Advances, 1937-19388. Illusions of Neutrality: Eastern Europe, 1936-19389. Whither the Soviet Union? Moscow and the West, 1936-193810. Thunder from the East: The Sino-Japanese Conflict and the European Powers, 1933-193811. Hitler Moves: Austria and Czechoslovakia, 193812. The Munich SettlementPart II: The Road to Hitler's War, 1938-193913. The Fog of Peace: Strategic Choices after Munich14. Black Sun: Aggression and Deterrence15. Darkening Skies: Peace Talking and War Planning in Britain and France16. Unleashing the Dogs of War17. Red Clouds: The Soviet Union and the Nazi-Soviet Pact, 193918. Escape from War or Persecution? The Smaller Powers and the Jews19. The Nightmare of the Dark: The Decisions for WarConclusion

Editorial Reviews

"Definitive...the most thorough, wide-ranging and carefully argued narrative available on the tumultuous decade that ended in world war. Every historian of the period will stand in Steiner's debt." --Richard Overy, Wall Street Journal