Finally available in a single volume, the masterful study of Hitler’s foreign policy and the true origins of the Second World War by the world’s top specialist in history of Nazi Germany and World War II.
Written over the course of many years and previously available only in two volumes, this complete and updated edition is now being published in a single affordable volume for the first time.
“…the course of German foreign policy provides the obvious organizing principle for any account of the origins of World War II. This is not to assert that no other power or other factor bears any substantial share of the responsibility for the outbreak of that war or the developments leading up to it but rather to suggest that a complex question is perhaps best studied by examining its core. […]
The years from the beginning of 1933 to the end of 1936 saw a diplomatic revolution in Europe. From a barely accepted equal on the European stage, Germany became the dominant power on the Continent. With the remilitarization of the Rhine and, the stalemate in the Spanish civil war, the forming of the Axis, and the signing of the Anti-Comintern Pact, this phase was completed. The diplomatic initiative in the world belonged to Germany and its partners. Germany’s determination for war became the central issue in world diplomacy.”
Gerhard L. Weinberg