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Germany, Hitler, and World War II
Germany, Hitler, and World War II
By Gerhard Weinberg
Cambridge UniversityPress, 1995, 357 pp.

A collection of essays and lectures by a leading expert on the global character of World War II. The text focuses on Hitler and the Germans, stressing that the former had planned for a gigantic war as early as the late 1920s and that the latter, partially deceived, supported him. Shrewd and incisive, most of these essays are based on archival research--an experience that leads Weinberg to end with a ringing, persuasive appeal that unless immediate steps for the preservation of various fragile records are taken, future historians will be without the traditional foundations of historical research.