Jonathan Wright explores the events, discusses rival interpretations and places the policies of Hitler in the context of Germany as a whole. Hitler took most of the key decisions for war but he depended on the support of elites and a wider public to make those decisions effective. Wright explains that support rose and fell, but, nevertheless, by December 1941 Hitler had succeeded in carrying Germany into a world war for racial empire.
• Hitler's World
• From the Margin to the Mainstream
• Dismantling Versailles
• Preparing for War: From Rhineland Occupation to Anschluss
• To War in Europe: From Anschluss to the Invasion of Poland
• To World War: September 1939 to December 1941
• Select Bibliography