A thorough reconstruction of the immediate prewar years. The focus is on Germany and Hitler, with a carefully documented emphasis on Hitler's role as deliberate seeker of war. The assumptions and policies of the other powers are also analyzed, with particular concern for the fact that they were traumatized by the Great War and hence reticent to risk another. The book-a sequel to Weinberg's earlier work on the beginnings of Hitler's foreign policy-bespeaks most impressive archival research and a remarkable mastery of the vast secondary literature. More valuable for its grasp of detail and its precision of judgment than for originality or acumen, it is a tribute to traditional diplomatic history and, in its very solidity, a major counterweight to revisionism.
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