The History of the German Resistance, 1933-1945 / Edition 3

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The English version of the book has been extensively revised and expanded since its original publication in German. This edition includes a new preface and an updated bibliography.
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"With this monumental work, Peter Hoffmann may fairly claim that the theme of the German opposition to Hitler is finally exhausted. Every idea has been worked out, every scrap of ore mined ... It is a work of which an historian in any field might justly be proud, and which deserves the greatest praise for the way in which meticulous study of the available documentary sources has been combined with the gathering of statements from contemporaries and surviving participants in the events to form a well-ordered, highly readable and at times gripping narrative ... It will be the essential, and surely final, handbook for every student of the subject." Times Literary Supplement. "In a study which so fully merits the accolade 'exhaustive,' Hoffmann has done full justice to the subject ... He excels in developing plausible and usually convincing explanations on how things came to turn out the way they did. There is much new light on many basic problems which have bedeviled students of the period ... By his connected story of developments from 1938 to the dramatic denouement in 1944, tracing each rise and fall of the curve, Hoffmann succeeds as no other before him in bringing matters into proper focus." Harold C. Deutsch, Journal of Modern History. "This admirable book goes right to the heart of the conspiracy to kill Hitler that misfired on July 20, 1944, to the last fascinating detail ... A powerful study of lasting interest, as well as a piece of first-rate scholarly detection." The Economist.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780773515314
  • Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 872
  • Sales rank: 1,465,852
  • Product dimensions: 5.95 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 1.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Author's Foreword
Preface to the Third Edition
Pt. I The Background
1 The Year 1933 3
2 Forms of Resistance 18
3 Top-Level Crisis 36
Pt. II The Sudeten Crisis and the Attempted Coup of 1938
4 Operation 'Green' 49
5 Foreign Policy and Resistance 54
6 Beck's Plans 69
7 Halder's Plans 81
Pt. III Plans for a Coup 1939-1940
8 Before the Outbreak of War 99
9 Plans, Probings and Memoranda 113
10 Halder's New Plan 128
11 Further Efforts 145
12 Soundings Abroad 153
Pt. IV Internal Political Plans
13 Schmid Noerr 175
14 Hassell 178
15 Popitz 180
16 Goerdeler 184
17 The Kreisau Circle 192
18 Socialists 198
Pt. V Contacts with the Enemy 1940-1944
19 Albrecht Haushofer 1940-1941 205
20 Hassell 1941-1942 211
21 Lochner 1941-1942 214
22 Trott, Bonhoeffer, Schonfeld 1942 216
23 Moltke 1943 225
24 Trott 1943-1944 228
25 Gisevius 235
26 Miscellaneous Contacts 240
27 'Eastern Solution'? 243
28 Otto John 1944 246
Pt. VI Assassination Attempts 1933-1942
29 The Early Days 251
30 Attempts of 1938-1942 255
Pt. VII Tresckow and Army Group Centre
31 Preparations 263
32 Projections of 1943 278
33 Abortive Plans 290
34 'Valkyrie' 301
Pt. VIII Stauffenberg and the Replacement Army
35 Stauffenberg's Career 315
36 Assassination Attempts - Bussche, Kleist, Breitenbuch 322
37 Procurement of Explosive 333
38 Communications Planning 337
39 Internal Political Planning 348
40 Stauffenberg's First Two Assassination Attempts 373
Pt. IX 20 July 1944
41 'Wolfschanze' 397
42 Berlin: The Coup 412
43 The Coup in the Provinces 440
44 Prague, Vienna, Paris 461
45 Collapse in Berlin 479
Pt. X Wreck of the Opposition
46 Summary Court Martial 507
47 Arrests 509
48 People's Court, Executions, Concentration Camps 524
Notes 535
App Map of Europe as at 20 July 1944 724
App Map of Germany - The Wehrkreise 726
App Berlin Area 728
App Berlin City Plan 730
App 'Wolfschanze' HQ Area with Airfield, 1941-1944 732
App 'Wolfschanze' HQ, July 1944 734
App 'Wolfschanze' Telephone Communications 736
App 'Wolfschanze' Teleprinter Communications 737
App Signals Diagram - Eastern Germany 738
App Diagram - Channels of Command 739
App Plan of Briefing Hut in 'Wolfschanze' 740
App Plan of Office of C-in-C Replacement Army 740
App Diagram - British Chemical Time Fuse 741
App Diagram - British Adhesive Mine - The 'Clam' 741
App Some Secret Reports on the German opposition received by the US Government 742
App Text of important Teleprinter Messages 754
App Report by Werner Vogel, 26 June 1970 762
App Stauffenberg's Attendance at Briefings in the Fuhrer's HQ in July 1944 764
App Some of the more important Headquarters 765
App Ranks - Approximate Equivalents 767
Abbreviations and Glossary 769
Sources and Bibliography 773
Addenda to the Bibliography 813
Index 817
Errata and Addenda 850
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