ISBN The Triumph of the Dark ( European International History 1933-1939 ) book Hardback English
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In this magisterial narrative Zara Steiner traces the twisted road to war that began with Hitler's assumption of power in Germany. Covering a wide geographical canvas from America to the Far East Steiner provides an indispensable reassessment of the most disputed events of these tumultuous years. Steiner underlines the far-reaching consequences of the Great Depression which shifted the initiative in international affairs from those who upheld the status quo to those who were intent on destroying it. In Europe the l930s were Hitler's years. He moved the major chess pieces on the board forcing the others to respond. From the start Steiner argues he intended war and he repeatedly gambled on Germany's future to acquire the necessary resources to fulfil his continental ambitions. Only war could have stopped him-an unwelcome message for most of Europe. Misperception miscomprehension and misjudgment on the part of the other Great Powers leaders opened the way for Hitler's repeated diplomatic successes. It is ideology that distinguished the Hitler era from previous struggles for the mastery of Europe. Ideological presumptions created false images and raised barriers to understanding that even good intelligence could not penetrate. Only when the leaders of Britain and France realized the scale of Hitler's ambition and the challenge Germany posed to their Great Power status did they finally declare war.
- Definitive reinterpretation of the inter-war period
- Highlights the pivotal importance of the Spanish Civil War
- Challenges attempts to whitewash Mussolini - stresses his key role in destroying the international system
- Argues that Anglo-French action could have defeated Hitler in 1938
Review from previous edition A terrifically good read...a definitive account, the distillation of a lifetime's dedicated scholarship... No short review can do justice to the book's riches. Piers Brendon, The Independent
Features ISBN The Triumph of the Dark ( European International History 1933-1939 ). Book cover type: Hardback, Language version: English, Written by: Zara Steiner. Minimum order quantity: 1 pc(s)
Release Date 21.06.2018
Product type Paperback
Dimension 8.46 x 5.47 x 2.68 inches
Product Weight 52.98 ounces
Manufacturer Part Number 9780199676095