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Raising the Stakes

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/9780195154597.003.0005
Raising the Stakes

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This chapter looks at why Neurath lost power so soon after his Rhineland coup. It shows that Neurath's ever-loosening grip on the information arsenal contributed greatly to his loss of power. His removal in February 1938 did not represent an abrupt shift from traditional to radical foreign policy. Rather, his replacement by Ribbentrop only signaled the furthering of a process already under way for the previous five years. Traditional decision making did not end in Germany in 1938, but in 1933, with the advent of a Nazi regime and the tense domestic environment which it produced.

Keywords: Hitler; Neurath; information control; foreign policy; Ribbentrop

Chapter.  6587 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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