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Backing HitlerConsent and Coercion in Nazi Germany$
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Robert Gellately

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205609

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205609.001.0001

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Shadows of War

Shadows of War

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Backing Hitler

Robert Gellately

Oxford University Press

From the earliest days of the Third Reich, Hitler's dictatorship was overshadowed by thoughts and plans for the war that he and his collaborators regarded as inevitable. Almost immediately in 1933, Hitler forged ahead on the diplomatic and military front — winning accolades from the people at every turn, especially as he tore up the hated peace treaty forced on Germany in 1919. His aim was not peace, but war, and as he prepared for it, he thought in terms of a total war in which a trustworthy home front stood firm behind the soldiers on the battlefront. One way of interpreting why Hitler encouraged Himmler to create a new police and camp system was that he saw the elimination of all internal ‘enemies’ as preparation for the coming war.

Keywords:   Hitler, Third Reich, Nazis, war, dictatorship, peace treaty

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