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Introduction: The Darker World

Zachary Shore

in What Hitler Knew

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195154597
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199868780 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195154597.003.0001
Introduction: The Darker World

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This introductory chapter begins with a brief description of the ominous situation faced by Hitler's diplomats in Nazi Germany. It then discusses the purpose of the book, which is to examine how governmental officials reached decisions on foreign policy under the stresses and strains of a violent dictatorship. It considers both the regime's domestic political environment, and its control of information. The book shows how the control of knowledge—or information—affected decision-making in Nazi Germany, and is a portrait of how a dictator's seeming strength can actually be his weakest link.

Keywords: Nazi Germany; Hitler; diplomats; foreign policy; dictator

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Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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