What Hitler Knew: The Battle for Information in Nazi Foreign Policy

What Hitler Knew: The Battle for Information in Nazi Foreign Policy

by Zachary Shore
     
 

What Hitler Knew is a fascinating study of how the climate of fear in Nazi Germany affected Hitler's advisers and shaped the decision making process. It explores the key foreign policy decisions from the Nazi seizure of power up to the hours before the outbreak of World War II. Zachary Shore argues persuasively that the tense environment led the diplomats to a

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What Hitler Knew is a fascinating study of how the climate of fear in Nazi Germany affected Hitler's advisers and shaped the decision making process. It explores the key foreign policy decisions from the Nazi seizure of power up to the hours before the outbreak of World War II. Zachary Shore argues persuasively that the tense environment led the diplomats to a nearly obsessive control over the "information arsenal" in a desperate battle to defend their positions and to safeguard their lives. Unlike previous studies, this book draws the reader into the diplomats' darker world, and illustrates how Hitler's power to make informed decisions was limited by the very system he created. The result, Shore concludes, was a chaotic flow of information between Hitler and his advisers that may have accelerated the march toward war.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195182613
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
02/24/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
184
Sales rank:
1,090,623
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 5.20(h) x 0.70(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction : the darker world3
1Hitler's opening gambit : intelligence, fear, and the German-Polish agreement9
2The longest knife31
3Risk in the Rhineland48
4Raising the stakes : information flow and the end of traditional decision making68
5Betting it all : disinformation, deception, and the Anglo-German talks85
6Hitler's trump card : information gaps and the Nazi-Soviet pact102

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