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Hitler's Revolution: Ideology, Social Programs, Foreign Affairs

Hitler's Revolution: Ideology, Social Programs, Foreign Affairs

Documents from German, Soviet and British archives help illuminate the diplomatic atmosphere of the times and the challenge Hitler confronted when weighing foreign policy decisions. Evidence shows that these were often spontaneous reaction to fluctuating political constellations rather than planned long in advance. During the war, oppressive German measures in occupied countries invited criticism from within Germany as the National Socialist dogma, particularly the race theory, began losing influence in official circles and the military.

An in-depth analysis of Hitler's wartime campaigns, especially Stalingrad and Normandy, reveals that the German resistance not only plotted to topple the regime, but systematically sabotaged combat operations causing the German army catastrophic defeats. The motive, historical records demonstrate, was not so idealistic as popularly believed.

Chapter 1. Ideology

Introduction

The Rise of Liberalism

Democracy

The Authoritarian State

The Struggle for Labor

Socialism

Nationalism

Racial Hygiene

Racism Versus Marxism

The Nation as One

Chapter 2. The New Germany

Germany Prostrate

The Road to Recovery

The Social Renaissance

Strength Through Joy

Rearming the Reich

The Adolf Hitler Schools

Chapter 3. European Diplomacy

Africa

Geneva

France

Austria

Czechoslovakia

Poland

Chapter 4. Europe in the Vice

Balance of Power

The Unwelcome Alliance

The “Number One Enemy”

Chapter 5. The Mission of the Reich

The Waffen SS

Germanic Volunteers

Negative Nationalism

The European Mission

Chapter 6. Revolution Versus Reactionary

Fatal Diplomacy

The Early Campaigns

Betrayal in the East

Normandy

The “Good Germans”

A Contrast of Motives

The Legacy

Footnotes