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German Rearmament and the West, 1932-1933
German Rearmament and the West, 1932-1933
By Edward W. Bennett
Princeton University Press, 1979, 569 pp

A history of Germany's military plans and preparations in the period just before and after Hitler assumed power, set against the background of the hapless disarmament conference of 1932-33. Hitler's policies, it turns out, were not nearly so radical as is often assumed, while those of the Western powers, who were more suspicious of one another than of Germany, foreshadowed the appeasement that was to come. A sophisticated study, based on much new material.