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Hitler’s Opening Gambit

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/9780195154597.003.0002
Hitler’s Opening Gambit

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The first chapter asks how Germany came to form an agreement with its hated rival, Poland, and why the men in the Foreign Ministry supported it. Most of Hitler's advisers within the Foreign Ministry likely recognized what the chancellor intended for Poland. Their decision to support the realignment of relations reflected both their growing fear of encirclement, and the increasingly tense environment under which they had to function.

Keywords: Hitler; Nazi Germany; Poland; Soviet Union; foreign policy

Chapter.  8077 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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