In this short outline history of Hitler's foreign policy, Professor Hildebrand contends that the National Socialist Party achieved popularity largely because it integrated all the political, economic and socio-political expectations prevailing in Germany since Bismarck. Thus, foreign policy under Hitler was a logical extension of the aims of the newly created German nationIn this short outline history of Hitler's foreign policy, Professor Hildebrand contends that the National Socialist Party achieved popularity largely because it integrated all the political, economic and socio-political expectations prevailing in Germany since Bismarck. Thus, foreign policy under Hitler was a logical extension of the aims of the newly created German nation-state of 1871.Trading on his domestic economic successes, Hitler relied on the traditional methods of power politics-backing diplomacy with force. Had he pursued expansionist aims alone, using specific lighting wars as threats or instruments of conquest he might have been more successful. As it was, the scheme went awry when the first phase-European hegemony-was overtaken by and forced to run parallel with the second and third phases: American intervention and “racial purification.” The ideology became too great a burden to bear, stimulating internal resistance, and the Allies of course determined to wage total for a total surrender....
|Title||:||The Foreign Policy of the Third Reich|
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The Foreign Policy of the Third Reich Reviews
The Foreign Policy of the Third Reich is a short, yet dense, read that analyzes the diplomatic initiatives of Hitler's Germany. This small book is packed with insight and information regarding what Germany was able to achieve before the outbreak of war and what caused its decline. The idea of living space (Lebensraum) is a major theme throughout this history. Acquiring agricultural land from Germany's eastern adversaries was essential to fuel imperial expansion and proposed global domination. One aspect of the book that is highly interesting is Hitler's pursuance of an alliance with Britain. He had believed that an alliance between Britain, Italy, and Germany would be successful in conquering Europe, Russia, and achieving victory over the inevitable conflict with the United States of America. This is a bit of a head scratcher for contemporary audiences unfamiliar with 1930s diplomacy but Hildebrand presents sound analysis as to why this was reasonable for Hitler to think in such a way. The sources of Nazi militarism and imperial outlook are traced back to Prussia and the Wilhelmine eras. These origins are intriguing but controversial. Debating Hitler's continuation of German history is an academic chicken or the egg argument. As someone who perceives Germany's actions as somewhat unique in the post-World War I era, it was interesting to consider Hildebrand's proposals and conclusions. This book also gives insight into how and why leaders form diplomatic alliances and what holds them together.